Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Rt. Revd. Babatunde Akinpelu Johnson; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Apostle Alexander Bamgbola; Presiding Chaplain, Chapel of Christ The Light, Revd. Ezekiel Oluwadare.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu wants Nigerians to work towards the prosperity of the country, pointing out that the nation can only progress if the citizens continue to display fairness, equity and justice.
He gave the advice at the 61st national Independence Day Celebration service held at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja, which was attended by his wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; the Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, members of the State Executive Council as well as religious leaders in the State.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who described the theme of the service ‘Righteousness exalts a nation’ as apt, said building a nation is about people doing the right things not only once but all the time.
He said: “We need to admonish and encourage ourselves that as we celebrate our 61st anniversary as a nation; it is time for each and every one of us to play our parts. We are all in it together. When Nigeria prospers, we will also prosper. We need the prosperity of Nigeria; we need the prosperity of Lagos for each and everyone one of us to prosper. This is our nation and if the land prospers, we the people will prosper.”
While stressing his administration’s commitment towards delivering on his campaign promises, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos would do more if the State is allowed to collect the Value Added Tax.
“We should ensure there is equity and fairness and that is why we talk about issues around VAT. We know and we believe that if Lagos gets more, we would do more. If Lagos can get a lot more, we will a do a lot more because that is what we deserve; that is what is expected, that is what is required and that is what we are committed to.
“I want to assure you that this government, your government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that we don’t shy away from our primary objective and responsibility, which is the security of life and property.
The Bishop of Lagos Mainland Diocese, the Rt. Revd. Babatunde Akinpelu Johnson, urged Nigerians to allow righteousness to reign in the country.
Bishop Johnson also called for a new constitution that would guarantee equity and justice for all the citizens of Nigeria.