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      …As Lagosians Celebrate 58th National Independence Anniversary

State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said the state of the
nation today calls for the contribution of individuals, organisations
and institutions towards ensuring a positive turnaround in the life of
residents as well as the economy.

Governor, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet /Secretary
to the State Government’s office, Mr. Adeshina Odeyemi at a Church
Service commemorating the 58th National Independence Anniversary at the
Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja, enjoined everyone to continue
to pray for the Nation, especially as another election year approaches.

added that all individuals should play their parts to ensure a free,
fair, credible and violence-free election that would bring leaders
capable of providing the much needed positive change for the people.

to him, “Dear Compatriots, my optimism is not borne out of wishful
thinking; rather it is grounded in the moment we have shared as a
nation, the Laurel we have won as a people and the common fears we have
nursed for our future. So, let us remain grateful and thankful to God
for His mercies endureth forever”.

said the 58th National Independence Anniversary is of great importance
to all, as it gives the opportunity not only to seek God’s face for the
nation but to also remember all those who fought and made huge
sacrifices to liberate the country from shackles of colonial rule.

Governor stressed that in spite of the challenges that the nation had
experienced and is currently experiencing, every individual has made
some significant progress which is worthy of celebration and that the
unbroken democratic governance journey that commenced since May 29,
1999, has come to stay and can only get better.

said the great national event presents all with another opportunity to
give praises and adoration to God for the love, goodness and mercy he
has continuously shown unto all despite the many sociopolitical and
economic challenges facing Nigerians after independence.

we are gathered here to give thanks to the Lord on the occasion of our
58th National Independence Anniversary. I congratulate all of us on this
occasion of the 58th Independence anniversary of our nation and I wish
us many pleasant and peaceful years ahead”, he said.

in his sermon, the Lagos State CAN President, Apostle Alexander
Bamgbola called on everyone to continually support and pray for all
their leaders to have the heart of flesh in order to lead and guide the
nation aright from time to time.

advised that everyone should shun all forms of violence and have faith
that the God Almighty would put a stop to all the storms going on across
the nation.

I will like to appeal to you all to continually pray for peace and
unity so that we can all move the nation to the next level, eat and
enjoy the fruit of the land in togetherness”, he enthused.

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