Lagos – The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in Lagos state, Gov. Babatunde Fashola has declared thad Our diversity should be our source of strength, as he also urged Nigerians to right the wrongs of the past by ensuring free and fair elections in April.
Fashola made the call at Yaba International Christian Solemn Assembly thanksgiving and prayer service organised for him, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu—senatorial aspirant– and other candidates for the April elections under the ACN.
The inter-denominational service, organised by 16 churches, was held at the Yaba Baptist Church, Lagos.
“We should stop pointing accusing fingers at one another and let us show that we are the leaders of this country with the outcome of the elections,’’ Fashola said.
He said that the successful conduct of the elections would afford Nigerians the opportunity of realising unfulfilled promises, especially as the country celebrated its golden independence anniversary.
The governor urged Nigerians to debunk claims that the county’s ethnic diversity was its undoing over the years.
“Our diversity should be our source of strength just as Israel’s diversity as a nation has continued to be its source of strength.
“So let nobody tell us that we can not prosper and develop politically and economically because we are a nation of many tribes,’’ he said.
He implored the congregation to vote for ACN candidates at both state and national levels for a positive change.
He reminded them that the sanctity of their votes was a step to freedom, and re-iterated his determination to make Lagos an envy of others if voted into power.
Rev. Wilson Badejo, Chairman, Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, one of the organisers said the service was to encourage the candidates to perform well when elected.
“Through your programmes, you have raised the standard of Lagos beyond where you met it and we pray God for you to be able to do better during your second tenure,’’ he said
The congregation later prayed for the State, Nigeria and the candidates for the success of the general elections. (NAN)