The Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged Nigerians, especially Christians to pray to God, embrace, serve, and do their best for the growth of their respective faith, state and the nation at large.
Speaking yesterday at the official opening ceremony of the second Session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria
(Anglican Communion) at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu said COVID-19 has shown in reality that
people need to pray and therefore implored Lagos State residents to continue to pray.
The governor, who disclosed that Monday September 7, 2020 would be the first day in over six months that he is entering into “House of the
Lord,’ thanked God for sparing his life and millions of Lagosians, especially members of the Diocese of Lagos to witness this year’s Synod even as Lagos State continues to see a reduction in the numbers
of confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Stressing the need for Christians to pray and serve in reference to the Synod theme “Pray, Serve and Grow” with Romans 12:11 as reference scripture, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the theme of the Synod was apt because for all to build a ‘Greater Lagos’ there is a need for people to pray to God, serve and do their best for the growth of the state.
Sanwo-Olu in his Goodwill Message said, “Following the rude, unexpected, and difficult events of COVID – 19 which we have all witnessed in the Year 2020 beginning from early December 2019 in Wuhan city of China, there can be no better befitting theme for our Synod than to “Pray, Serve and Grow (Romans 12:11 says ‘not lagging in
diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.’
“We are to pray in order to acknowledge our limitations as human beings because God remains sovereign. He remains the Supreme God; He
knows it all and he is in charge of all circumstances we human beings might face.
“Service to the Lord is serving one another; it is about loving one another, supporting one another. Serving the Lord is serving one another in active ingredients of the work of our faith, which without
one another, we are all dead as said James 2:17 ‘Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.’
The governor also commended religious leaders in Lagos State, especially the Diocese of Lagos for their support and cooperation in ensuring strict adherence to the directive of the State government in
respect of COVID 19 pandemic.
In his address, Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye, who described Governor Sanwo-Olu as indefatigable and result oriented, said the governor had
approved the construction of the road leading to the Centenary City of the Diocese and mobilised contractors to move to site.