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As part of a build up to the re election bid of the Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, a group of religious leaders under the old Alimoso Local Government of Lagos State has also endorsed the second coming of the governor by deciding to support him with their votes on Saturday 18th March, 2023.

Coming together under the auspices of Alimoso Religious Leaders Forum comprising leaders of Christian and Islamic faith, the body vowed to support the governor for him to complete the good works which he has started in the state.

Speaking at a special media parley on Wednesday March 15 ahead of the Saturday election, the convener Pastor Dele Asaaju emphasised the need for leaders of major faiths in the old local government to come together to foster unity in the community.

The LCDAs were Mosan Okunola, Agbado Oke Odo, Ikotun Igando, Ayobo Ipaja, Egbe Idimu and the host Alimoso Local Government.

According to them the governor has not only performed in the area of administration and provision of infrastructure but God has also used him tremendously in facilitating peace and security in the state.

“Our mandate under this umbrella of Alimoso Religious Leaders’ Forum is to restate our confidence in the leadership of our amiable governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, and to throw out weight behind his election for a second term in office. With what he did in his first time we cannot wait to imagine what he intends to do in his second term.

“We are all living witnesses to his sterling performance in taking Lagos State to another enviable level. Under his first four years he has proved that he is reliable and dependable in leadership. With all we can see and hear across the state we want to stand firmly behind his candidacy and call on all well meaning residents of Lagos State to vote for him and all candidates of All Progressives Congress in the March 18, election. As a Governor, he also needs a strong party support in the State’s House of Assembly.”

They were not unmindful of the low level of supports garnered for the ruling party in the presidential and national Assembly elections in the local government as they promised to improve by giving the governor and candidates of APC a winning showing.

“Alimoso, until the recent past is known as a trail blazer in delivery of massive voting supports for our candidates, and by the grace of God this election will return us in Alimoso to that enviable leadership status,” they promised.

“Our clarion call on all residents of Alimosho is to rise up and reclaim their mandate, glory and pride for which they were known. Our prayer is to have another successful election on March 18 and return our young, energetic, dynamic and focused governor for another term.

“We want to repeat our call on all religious leaders and everyone in Alimoso to go out en masse and vote for our beloved Governor, a man of peace and progress Mr. Sanwoolu Babajide Olusola come Saturday, 18th March, 2023.”

The body which also used the advantage to speak on the emergence of Asiwaju Tinubu in the February 25 Presidential election congratulated the President elect and called on Nigerians especially the Christian community “not to entertain any fear about the man who has been destined to take up this crucial role at this level of the nation’s development.

“We wish to use this opportunity to reiterate our unalloyed support for the President Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and to disabuse the mind of our fellow Christians who are nursing fear over a Muslim as our next President and Vice President. We want to restate the bible verse that says the Lord has power and gives it to whoever pleases Him.

“The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. Daniel 4:17 KJV.

“At this level of our national development our hope should remain in God to use who He has anointed to lead the country out of the present confusion and stagnation.

“Our Bible is replete with stories of how God used unexpected vessels to accomplish His purpose in the life of His people.

“God picked up Moses, an imperfect man to lead His people out of bondage, the Lord used Daniel to serve as a minister in a strange land, Joseph served under king Pharaoh and an unbeliever to achieve His plans and purposes in the life of His chosen people.

 “We have no doubt that Nigerians are people chosen by God to achieve His purpose, and that purpose will be achieved in our very own eyes in Jesus name. We hereby call on all Nigerians to braze up and support the coming administrations at the national and state levels.”

Citing more scriptural examples, the Christian leader added, “Joseph became a Prime Minister under King Pharaoh. Daniel, Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego became political rulers in Babylon under different unbelieving kings and God was glorified. Nehemiah’s vision and mission of reconstruction was made possible and successful through the instrumentality of an unbelieving King.

“The deliverance of the Jews during the time of Mordechai and Esther was through unbelieving King. God can use anyone to achieve His purpose. It is our prayer that his era will usher in the much expected peace, progress and unity of Nigeria, the pride of the black world.”

Pastor Asaaju also took time to speak on the body and what they intended to achieve for Alimoso Community.

“I want to thank God for the emergence of this body Alimoso Religious Leaders’ Forum. It is borne out of the love and unity we are known for in Alimoso and Lagos State by extension.

“Alimoso is one local government that religious leaders relate in brotherly love without any hatred or religious discrimination. We have shown and led this in different fora which has made us a good example to many within and outside Lagos State. It is however different from Government sponsored Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) as ours is a private initiative among our peace and progress loving Christian and Muslim leaders in the community. Read also

“We also want to thank our political leaders for providing the platform to allow peace to reign in the local government as well as their encouragement of religious harmony in the community.”

The religious leaders also took the advantage to demand for more of government’s presence in the five LCDA s and the Local government.

“We will like to appeal to our Governor to do more for Alimoso in his second coming. We want more grassroots development, youth empowerment and more enabling environment for business to thrive in the local government and open up the community.

“While we are thanking the six Executive Chairmen of One Local Government and the Five LCDAs in Alimosho, we want to call on them not to relent in complimenting the good works of the state government.”

In a similar development, the local government Chairman, Hon. Jelili Suleiman thanked the religious leaders for their kind gesture and mobilisation for supporting Governor Sanwoolu.

He restated several advantages that the second coming of Sanwoolu could mean for Lagos State saying the working together of Asiwaju as the president and APC government in his home Lagos State would take the state to pleasant unimaginable level.

“We know the president elect as the father of Lagos State and he would desire nothing but the best for the state. With his coming we expect our local government to become full fledged functioning local government recognised by the law of the federal government of Nigeria, it would bring further developments to the grassroots, and it is my appeal that we turn all these promises into massive votes on Saturday.”

He called on the religious leaders not to limit their promise to the meeting but “to go and mobilise all our followers, members of our church and mosques, and voters in our neighbourhood to go all out and vote for APC in the coming elections.”

The religious leaders also took time to pray for the Hon. Jelili Adewale Suleiman.

Among the religious leaders in attendance were Chief Imam Akinade, Chief Imam Badmus, Chief Imam Salaudeen, Chief Imam T. Ganiyu, Chief Imam Nurudeen, Chief Imam Akewusola Jamiu, and Alfa Raji Ajani.

Representing Christian leaders were Bishop T.O.S. Owoeye, Primate A.A. Olaiya, Rev. Dr. Olaniyan, Pastor Kola Obolo, Ven Supt. Jossy Ayodele, Primate OmosanyaRev. Dr. Olorunfemi, Pastor Joel Ajetomobi, Pastor Gabriel Adeyemo and others.  

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