Removal of Chaplain: Ambode relocates 50th thanksgiving service to State House

Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, has directed that tomorrow’s thanksgiving service for the state’s 50th anniversary and second year anniversary of his administration earlier scheduled to hold at the Chapel of Christ the Light be moved to the Banquet Hall of Lagos House, Alausa.

The directive may not be unconnected to the outrage trailing the removal of the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Christ the Light, Venerable Femi Taiwo.

You recall Venerable Femi Taiwo was allegedly sacked and evicted from his official apartment after he reportedly angered the Governor’s wife, Bolanle Ambode.

Mrs Bolanle Ambode had visited his chapel on Sunday, May 14, when the church held an anointing service. Church members were said to have filed out to receive anointing oil during the May 14 service without any preference given to Bolanle, who waited endlessly with her entourage.

Mrs Bolanle was said to have later moved to be anointed and moments later, stormed out of the church, as some of the women leaders ran after her.

Bolanle, who was reported to be visibly angry, allegedly shunned entreaties from the women, which included the wife of the presiding chaplain.

The cleric got the sack the following day, May 15th.

A statement by the state Ministry of Information and Strategy said:

    “A Special Thanksgiving Service, earlier scheduled for Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, will now be held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja on Sunday, May 28, 2017.”

However, the actual reason for the relocation of the service was not stated in the statement.

The state government said the event was

“to cap the series of activities for Lagos at 50 celebrations, as well as glorify the Almighty God for the second year anniversary of Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration in Lagos State.”

It said the theme of the event, which is scheduled to commence at 10 am is: “Pressing on to Greater Heights,” adding that Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo would be the guest speaker.

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