Methodist bishops laud Sanwo-Olu, urge regionalism, fiscal federalism

Bishops of the Methodist Church Nigeria have commended Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration for good governance and service to humanity.

Therefore, they enjoined Lagosians to grant him a second term to complete the enviable projects he has started and others in the pipeline.

They spoke during the opening session of the 39th Bishops’ Council of Methodist Church Nigeria in Lagos Speaking on their behalf, the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Uche, said: “You are among the best in governance we currently have in Nigeria.

For this reason, I urge that you be allowed to go for a second term in office so as to complete the enviable projects that you started and others that are in the pipeline. All the bishops in Lagos will mobilise our members, our votes must go to Sanwo-Olu.

“Though, I am not a cardcarrying member of any political party neither am I partisan, yet I value people for who they are and not their political affiliation. I believe people like you are the ones we should replicate all over the world. The Bishops’ Council will pray for you and other government functionaries so that we continue to have a very progressive and developmentoriented Lagos State.”

On the state of the nation, Prelate Uche urged the federal government to address issues of hunger, inflation and insecurity, saying no nation can prosper in the midst of the three challenges.

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He also implored Nigeria to practise true federalism and regional governments. Responding, Sanwo-Olu remarked: “I humbly acknowledge and thank you for your quiet endorsement of my second term. We cannot afford to fail.

We cannot afford to give excuses. We cannot afford to give reasons, untenable reasons why we cannot take our country forward. “I stand before you and I have said this over and over, with every fabric in my body, I will continue to serve the people of Lagos.

We will serve them without fear or favour, ensuring that the greatest good is for the greatest number.” The governor also announced that his administration would pay compensation for missionary schools that had been given back to missionaries, saying they are partners in government, considering their contribution to the education sector in the state.

Sanwo-Olu also charged all Nigerians to continue to trust God for miraculous interventions in their lives, State and the country, saying: “Our individual and collective challenges are by no means beyond us. Our faith in the Almighty God is able to move mountains.

That unshakable faith must be extended into our daily lives. “We must maintain faith that our country can and will triumph over all its challenges and cement itself onto the path of everlasting progress. For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”

The governor added that he believed that the 39th Bishops’ Council will come out with resolutions that will move the Church forward and, in line with the council’s theme, prepare the people “for the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

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