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‘We hope Abuja will do something’ — Church of Nigeria awards Ambode, tips him for federal appointment

‘We hope Abuja will do something’ — Church of Nigeria awards Ambode, tips him for federal appointment
May 07
11:55 2019

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), diocese of Lagos, has presented a special episcopal award to Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, for his “monumental achievements” in all sectors and sections of the state in the last four years.

The church also tipped the governor for federal appointment in the President Muhammad Buhari incoming team, after his four-year term as Lagos governor.

The award presentation held at Our Saviours Church, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, on Monday.

Speaking during the presentation, Humphrey Olumakaiye, the diocesan bishop, described Ambode as an administrator with a patriotic drive who, through hard work and grace, rose to become distinguished among his peers.

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He said the governor deserved to be appreciated for excellent performance and selfless service to God and humanity. He commended Ambode for always identifying with the church, saying it was an eloquent indication of his love and undying passion for God and humanity.

“We are very proud of you for taking Lagos state much higher. You have proved beyond doubts that there is great hope for a better Nigeria through your transformational touch in this state,” Olumakaiye said.

“You are a man of courage who believes in possibilities against all odds; a man of focus and dignity. We are indeed very proud of you and we pray that God will grant your heart desires and take you to the next level of your political career.

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“Today, we have decided to honour you in due recognition of your exceptional achievements as our governor.”

On his part, Adebola Ademowo, immediate past bishop of the diocese,  said Ambode’s name was already written in gold.

“I want to congratulate our Governor for a very successful tenure. Your name has been written in gold and I do hope that Abuja will do something,” Ademowo said.

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Responding, Ambode thanked residents and faith-based organizations for cooperating with his administration to maintain law and order, saying it is on record that there was no single religious conflict in the state in the last four years.

The governor said he was particularly proud of the relationship and massive support extended to him by religious leaders which, according to him, resulted in peaceful co-existence and progress of the State.

“To our Fathers in the Lord and clergymen, I thank you for all you have done to move Lagos forward in the past four years of my administration. I am proud of the relationship and support that has yielded the peaceful co-existence and atmosphere of love and brotherhood. For me, this is the strongest plank upon which the progress we have achieved rests,” Ambode said.

“It is also on record that no single religious conflict was recorded in the last four years. The peaceful co-existence of all religious sects is a testimony of our collective heritage in the state.

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“As our administration makes way for another, I ask for your continued support and prayers for the incoming government, the governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team.”

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