The Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has urged the people of the State to keep faith with the current government and remain supportive of its policies and programmes, noting that the future will be greater than the past.
Mrs Ambode was speaking at the second edition of Lagos Marathon Praise, an event organized by Jubilee Concert International.
She noted that the praise programme was necessitated by the need to show gratitude to God, for faithfully directing the government and protecting the residents in the last three years.
Mrs Ambode said that it was the duty of a grateful servant to thank God for numerous acts of kindness, noting that when this is done, the state and its people would continue to prosper.
According to her, “We had thought deeply about the wonderful acts of God to us as individuals, as a government and as a people; and came to the humble realization that, we owe Him a huge debt of gratitude we can never fully repay, no matter how we try. What we are doing here today, is just a mark of gratitude from grateful servants.”
She seized the opportunity to thank the 28 artistes and servants of God, who have used their talents to honour the living God.
Speaking at the event, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said that his administration praised God for the transformation witnessed in the State in the last three years.
Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said “each time I reflect on the level of development our State has experienced within this period, I come to the conclusion that this could not have been possible without God.
“I believe this gathering is divinely ordained and timely considering we are approaching the general elections in 2019 and the measure of help that we have received from God as a people and State. I also believe very strongly that as we engage in this marathon praise, we shall receive more grace and blessings from God.” he said.
Spiritual and talents
The Governor said the musical initiative aligned with his administration’s drive to provide support and create the enabling environment for the discovery and development of personal endowments, particularly in the area of creative arts.
“It is therefore my expectation that in addition to the spiritual blessings
of this event, talents will also be discovered,” Ambode added.
The Coordinator, Lagos Marathon Praise, Pastor Taiwo Adegboyega said that the event was aimed at bringing people of the state together irrespective of religions, cultures or ethnic differences and to enhance the peaceful atmosphere in the State.
He said: “It is our belief that the realtive peace and harmony that exist among people of the state is not by accident, but divine favour from God. And overwhelmed by the peaceful coexistence, love and harmony that existed among people of diverse ethnic background, religion, culture, tribes and languages in the State, among others, which had in turn helped the current administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode deliver on its various campaign promises to the people, Mrs Ambode thought it worthy that God who had made the achievements possible should be praised.”
“Looking back at the various security challenges in our country and the general state of the economy, especially during the last recession vis-a-vis the relative peace and stable economy that we are enjoying in the State today, we cannot but commend Her Excellency for this great vision of bringing people together to appreciate God for His mercy, divine favour, harmony and good governance in our dear State,” he added.
Some of the participants at the event showed gratitude to the State government for organising such a spiritually-filled program in order to allow residents give spiritual support to the government through praise songs to God.
Lagos Marathon Praise is a 12-hour song ministration programme, dedicated to thanking God for His mercies on the State and its residents.