4th June, 2011
The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Ephraim Ademowo has added his voice to the numerous calls to the Federal Government to give Lagos State a Special Allocation because it is first among equals and second to none.
The man of God made the call on Thursday at the Thanksgiving Service organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), in honour of His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to mark the beginning of his 2nd Term in office as the Governor of Lagos state, and his Deputy, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja.
Speaking further at the service, the Most Reverend Dr. Ephraim Ademowo, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and the Dean Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion who was the guest speaker at the service said in his sermon that the thanksgiving was organised to appreciate God for His numerous blessings on the governor and his deputy, to thank Him for their past, present and future and to commit their lives, strength and weakness to God for perfection.
The clergy admonished the congregation to continually offer praises to God on a daily basis. This, he described as an expression of our faith in God.
He cited America as an example of a nation that deems it fit to set aside a day in the year to thank Almighty God. Reverend Ademowo described Babatunde Fashola as a pragmatic, focused leader, a stickler for perfection, a management consultant, and a blessing to his generation.
He also described the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adefulire as a brilliant, humble, unassuming, hardworking and a grassroots woman.
He then challenged them not to rest on their oars but to strive to do more for the people that elected them into office.
He also made it known that he awaits the commencement of the Light Rail services.
The governor who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Mrs Orelope-Adefulire, expressed the appreciation of Fashola to the Christian leaders and the Christian community, and thanked them for their love, support and prayer sessions in their various churches for peaceful elections.
She equally thanked the Almighty God, for His mercy, grace and for counting the governor and herself worthy of the position they now occupy.
Mrs Adefulire promised to be diligent, to be more committed, and to work harmoniously with the governor.
She concluded with a solemn promise: ”I will strive to do every assignment given to me diligently and I promise to represent the body of Christ well in this government, so help me God”.
Among the ministers of God present at the Service were Primate Makinde of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Prophet G.O Fakeye, of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement ‘Ayo Ni O’, Pastor Mercy Ezekiel, Cardinal Odumbaku, Bishop George Amu among others.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State Monsignor Bernard Ayodele and other Ministers dedicated the deputy governor to God for service to humanity.