Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, has expressed gratitude to the Muslim community in the state for standing by him and supporting his administration.
Speaking while joining some Islamic leaders and groups to observe Iftar (breaking of fast) at the Lagos house in Ikeja, Ambode commended them for the harmonious relationship in the state, saying that the peaceful atmosphere had brought about significant development.
“Today is a very historic day for us in this state because, just two days ago, we celebrated 50 years anniversary of Lagos state; yesterday, we were doing thanksgiving in the church and today is the third day of Ramadan and we are doing the Iftar here. Today is also the second-year anniversary of our administration,” he said.
“I am very happy to join you on this significant democracy day. In actual fact, this is my only official function today. I deliberately determined not to do any other thing to mark the second anniversary than to join my Muslim brothers and sisters.
“So, this is another way of doing thanksgiving by this way of sacrifice. It is not coming as a coincidence, if God did not ordain it, I would not be part of this particular Iftar. This is my own way of saying a big thank you to the Muslim community in Lagos for standing by me, for standing with me and for always supporting me. I recall when we went for the campaign at the national stadium two years ago and I am happy seeing all my spiritual fathers here again two years after, I want to thank you again for everything.”
Ambode also urged Muslims to utilise the opportunity provided by the ongoing Ramadan to continue to pray for the development of the state.
Alluding to the lecture delivered at the event by Tajudeen Yussuf of the University of Lagos, Ambode said only God deserved the praises for giving him the grace to achieve a lot two years.
“There is nothing more for me to say than to be grateful to God. He is the only one that should get the credit,” he said.
“No matter how much you praise me, it is not possible for me to do what I have been able to do if not for God. So, for every step we take, we will continue to give God all the glory. He is the only one that makes things happen.”