From the pulpit has come a second term endorsement for Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritua, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo said the church was proud of the governor and his achievements.
It was at the opening of the 33rd Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, with the theme: “Serving”.
Rev. Ademowo said: “We have been watching and studying the progressive administration of our Governor. As a trail blazer and innovative leader, he has taken our state to a greater height. Lagos State has become a reference point for other states.
“We are proud to be identified with your laudable achievements in making Lagos a great financial hub, and a reference point for other states in the country. Let me say equivocally that your predecessors did eight years in office, and I say without any doubt that you will also use eight years.
“We thank you for your absolute devotion to duty and life of practical humility, doggedness and total commitment to the growth and progress of Lagos State, as well as your efforts at making Lagos second to none, and a reference point for other states.”
Ambode emphasised the need for Nigerians to embrace selfless service to humanity, saying such remained the essence of existence to positively impact others.
The governor urged political and religious leaders to continually tow the path of service to humanity, noting that politics in the real sense should be about selfless service to the people.
Ambode described the Synod and the theme as apt and historic, having coincided with the celebration of 50 years of existence of the state, which, according to him, was all about celebrating those who had served and still serving the state.
“Serving, be it in government, churches, mosques or wherever, is like a clarion call from God and for me, I believe there is no way I can give back to humanity for the greater blessings God has endowed me than serving and serving selflessly, without expecting a return.
“For us that are government officials or politicians, what makes the difference is getting feedback from people that you have made their lives easier. People don’t want any other thing from us, but to make their lives easier; to make them move around easily; allow them send their children to school and make them comfortable.
“Those little things are the things that really matter to our people, and that is why we are more committed to say that on a godly template, this is a calling that we need to serve, whether we are praised or not,” he said.