It’s High Time A Christian Governor Ruled Lagos – Cleric


Residents of Lagos have been urged by the Director of Civic and Political Affairs of the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Venerable Folarin Shobo, to vote in a Christian as governor of the state in 2015.

Shobo said in a statement on Friday that Lagos residents could not afford to continue with the present political arrangement whereby political officers were largely people of a particular faith.

Although, Shobo admits Governor Raji Fashola has done well in improving on the infrastructure of the state, he however said, “It is time for power to shift in the state. It is time for us to have people who will continue to rule with the fear of God and respect for the rule of law.

“There is a strong need for genuine internal democracy among the parties that will produce a credible candidate come 2015.”

Shobo therefore urged Christians in the state to show interest in partisan politics, saying Christians who have a flair for politics should get ready for the 2015 elections.

He however warned that getting political power should not be a do-or-die affair, but Christians need to change the political status quo in the state.

“It is not fair to have a government that is largely tilted to people of a particular religion. Christians over the years have been magnanimous enough. We have worked for people who are not of our faith and we have supported them to be in government. It is now time for us to come out and take the bull by the horns.

“The battle for Lagos State will not come easy. It will take patience, perseverance and strong will. It will take fasting and praying and it will take the readiness of men and women who have interest in politics.”

Shobo who argued that politics and religion go hand in hand called on church leaders to begin to sensitise their members to take up the gauntlet and vie for political positions in the state.

“Asking for a Christian governor in Lagos State at this time is not out of place. It is long overdue and it is time we began to do something about it,” he said.

He said it was unfortunate that none of the five people being tipped to succeed Governor Babatunde Fashola is a Christian.


  1. Yoroba land has no such a problem (muslim /christain) you the elders may put it to ur people but learn lesson from HAUSA LAND

  2. Absolute nonsense! That’s the problem with Nigeria, why can’t we practise politics outside the religious or ethnic box? Put your personal belief aside and seek for the progress of the state or country regardless of the religious or ethnic background of those who rule. The RELIGION is the major problem of Nigeria. Wake up people of Nigeria and be enlightened.

  3. Pls mr shobo this is most disappointing coming a frm ur status. U hv just rolled out d drums of religious war n communal clashes, pls don’t introduce an unending war to Lagos and d southwest entirely. We shld b praying that God shld help end this deadly act in parts of Nigeria where its has become a monster.

  4. As a cleric, you should be preaching peace and pray for a better candidate. As my brother earlier said Yoruba land doesn’t have that problem, please don’t divide them. We know what we are facing in the north. May Almighty lord bring peace back to this nation.

  5. There is nothing like ‘religions and politics goes together’. Jesus never preach that; infact Jesus Christ ran away when the people try to make him a king, so pls Rev. Campaign, if you want to campaign , dont bring christainity into this dirty business as the CAN president is doing now

  6. Mr shobo or sobo u said dat lagos need sum1 that will rule wit fear of God abi….any muslim does not fear God abi… U need to rest.

  7. Like father(CAN president: campaign coordinator of GEJ) lyk son. Pls let kep religion out of politics. Dis is S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ funny I dnt evn knw D̶̲̥̅̊ governor is muslim cos he dnt act lyk 1, 4 example D̶̲̥̅̊ muslims in lagos я̲̣̥ strugling 2 legalize D̶̲̥̅̊ wearing of veil in sch, while D̶̲̥̅̊ gov. Is ά̲̣̣̣̥ muslim haba. Pastor jst tel us dt U̶̲̥̅̊ wnt moni 4m D̶̲̥̅̊ gov.
    Oh God hv mercy on us cos D̶̲̥̅̊ strugle 4 moni by our religion leaders is questionable.

  8. Leave religion out of politics. Muslim being governors in lagos is just a coincidence, i do not Have the right to judge a man of God, but sir i wld appreciate if u could remove religion from politics.

  9. Pls don’t start religion crisis in lagos. Lagos is a peaceful place y shd a religion leader be doing dis. Micheal otedola was a xtain nd once a head in lagos state. Remember its nt only xtain dat vote muslims too vote. If u tink xtain shd vote 4 xtain nd muslims shd vote 4 dem selves dat means war will com up btw pple in Nigeria. We wat improvement in politics u re attaching religion 2 it. Pls sir be careful.

  10. I wonder for who is man of God to be saying this. What nigerians need is a God fearing politician who will rule by justice. It is to stop instigating on bad motive!

  11. Myopic cleric!!! Religion is ‎​d opium of ‎​d masses. D more d like of Fashola in power, d more d devt Α̲̅πϑ emancipation of d poor people, d less d crowd in their religious houses or companies. May God punish U̶̲̥̅̊ for bringing religious sentiment to South West.

    • It could b dat d Cleric is lukin forward 2 getin his owm jet 4rom 1 of his spiritual sons, just like d CAN president. Dis President is d most conservative nd controversial cleric CAN has ever had in its life history. He is generally regarded as a spiritual leader of a certain political party.

  12. So u think our so call gov ar Muslims when last Dd u see them in 5daily prayers but they av base in redeem camp even the respect they gave to pastor adeboye our Chief imam don’t av 20% of it where is there wife nd childrend every Sunday u see them in church

  13. God knows d right man after His own heart to rule at any time. In d Bible there ar many pagans Kings dat God use to favour His own people. Let no one come n cause riot here in western Nigeria as wat dere did in d Northern part of d country. JESUS IS LORD!!!

  14. With due respect Evng. Shobo, you are entitled to your personal opinion but please, wisdom is always profitable to direct whenever we speak in public. Insightful statements born out of sentiments should not come out of a “leader” like you sir. Thank You!

  15. All we need is peace and development we don’t care from which faith and fashola is delivering I don’t see how this is affecting his own faith but I believe he has a target and maybe religion is d only means he can use to achieve them. Lagosian pls let from what is going on in d north

  16. Mr Bolaji l respect u for dat comment it goes to show hw responsible u r n to Rev. Osobo a word is enough for the wise

  17. The lagos we live in now is a state where the father is an alhaji or a cheife imam and the wife and children are christain so either xstain or muslim we need a God sent person to deliver.

  18. OBJ, GEJ, are xtains wot different dd they make? No fear of God other than wot BRF has displayed in governance. I wl vote him 1million times even if he is an Imam.

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