By Etop Ekanem
LAGOS â€” GOVERNOR Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has urged Nigerians to intensify prayer for divine intervention in the affairs of the nation so that citizens will be able to live in any part of the country and practise their religion without harassment.
Fashola made the appeal in a message he sent to the opening of the 22nd annual synod of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Trinity Church Council with the theme: â€œRighteousness exalts a nationâ€ at Gbagada, Lagos, weekend.
According to the governor, who was represented by Rev. Sam Ogedengbe, at the event which ended yesterday, â€œin this critical period in the history of our nation where the political climate is cloudy, it is only prayer that can help our nation to enjoy peace, stability, and prosperity.
â€œWhat we need most now is for everyone of us to extol righteousness in our everyday interaction. This is indeed prime time for us as a people when all religious organisations not only preach on righteousness but must ensure that members practise it.â€
In his welcome address, Bishop of Tinubu, Rt. Rev. Sunday Oluyemisi Ogunlere, commended Governor Fashola for providing exemplary governance in Lagos State.
According to him, â€œbased on this, one would not have expected the mention of impeachment, neither probe of any financial recklessness or misappropriation from any quarter, most especially, the House of Assembly. I see it as a way of distracting his attention and discouragement from the good works which God has called him to do for this state.
â€œI hereby appeal to the Lagos State House of Assembly and those concerned to please allow the governor to remain focussed.â€