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CONTINUE TO PREACH HOPE, PEACE, UNITY, AMBODE URGES RELIGIOUS LEADERS

…As Osinbajo, Gov Attend
58th Independence Service In Lagos  

Lagos State Governor, Mr.
Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday urged religious leaders to see the period as a time
to continue to preach the message of hope, peace, unity, integrity and
religious tolerance and intensify prayers for God’s intervention and restoration
of hope in the future of Nigeria.

Governor Ambode, who
spoke at a special Independence Interdenominational Service, held at the
headquarters of the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos,
said he was optimistic that the best of Nigeria and the State was yet to come,
urging Nigerians to continue to pray, hope and work for a better future for
all.

“My brothers and
sisters in the Lord, at this auspicious period in the history of our nation,
the Church and indeed everyone who believes in the efficacy of prayer have a
responsibility and patriotic duty to pray for the wellbeing and progress of our
nation. I believe strongly that the best of our nation and our State is yet to
come. Let us continue to pray, hope and work for a better future,” he said.

He said that as the
nation prepares to go to the polls next year, all hands must be on deck to
sustain and deepen the process that will result in sustainable growth and good
governance for all, just as he urged Nigerians to eschew all tendencies that
may aggravate the challenges being experienced at the moment.

“As we celebrate our 58
years independence anniversary, I urge us to remain steadfast and continue to
uphold those values that have been passed down from our heroes who sacrificed
so much to liberate us from the yokes of colonial rule.

“Today’s occasion is also
coming at a critical time in the history of our nation when all hands must be
on deck to sustain and deepen the process that will result in sustainable
growth and good governance for our people.   We must all get involved
and work together to ensure that the potentials of this nation are fully
realized for the benefit of everyone and future generations,” he said.

He specifically commended
the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W. F.
Kumuyi, for his dedication and commitment shown towards the propagation of
Christianity and the service of God over the years, adding that he (Kumuyi) had
continued to impact the lives of many globally through inspirational teaching
of the Word of God.

Governor Ambode also
lauded the contributions of the church in the State, saying that the Gbagada
community has benefited immensely from their various corporate social
responsibility projects initiated by the church.

“I congratulate the
Deeper Life Bible Church on this magnificent edifice you have put up here. I
was unable to join you for the formal opening but I am very happy to worship in
this sanctuary today as we celebrate another anniversary of our Independence.

“As I congratulate you on
this new Church building, I also thank you for the good works you have done in
the Gbagada Community. Your holistic approach to religious activities has been
demonstrated in your corporate social responsibility actions especially the
construction of the Oduwole Bridge and a multi-level car park to ease traffic
in this community.

“You have demonstrated
that the Church can play a lot of roles in nation building. Beyond the
spiritual role of praying for the Government, the Church can also partner with
the Government to make our communities a better place,” the Governor said.

He said his
administration, in furtherance to the efforts of the church, embarked on the
construction of a network of six roads identified by the community development
associations, including Aderemi Akeju Street, Okun Street, Femi Kuti Street,
Brown Road, Adegbenro/Ganiyat Dawodu Street and Yetunde Brown Street.

Governor Ambode said the
contract for the road, which was awarded in September 2017 was already 60 percent
completed and is expected to be concluded by the end of the first quarter of
2019, while adding that adjoining road networks such as Diya Street and Ajayi
Aina streets have been scheduled for rehabilitation to further enhance road
connectivity within the axis.

“For us as government, we
will continue to promote fairness, justice and everything that will make life
more comfortable for our people,” he said.

Also speaking, Vice
President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in his message titled ‘Coming of Age’, said
Nigerians must come to the realisation that the destiny of the country was in
their hands and as such must continue to make concerted efforts to promote values
that unite rather than divide us.

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (middle); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); his wife, Bolanle (right); General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi (2nd left) and his wife, Esther (left) during the 58th Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Service at the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos, on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (middle); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2ndright); his wife, Bolanle (right); General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi (2nd left) and his wife, Esther (left) during the 58th Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Service at the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos, on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
 

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