The Thanksgiving service of the Lagos@50 celebration has been moved to from the Chapel of Christ the Light to the Banquet Hall of Lagos House, Alausa by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The Thanksgiving Service is to commemorate the success of Lagos State’s 50th anniversary and Ambode’s second year anniversary as governor.
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.”
The actual reason for the relocation of the service was not stated in the statement.
The governor’s directive has, however, raised insinuations in some quarters that it might be connected to the statewide outrage which followed the alleged sacking of the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Christ the Light, Venerable Femi Taiwo.
The clergy was also evicted from his official apartment.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that Taiwo was sacked a day after the wife of the governor, Bolanle Ambode, stormed out of the church during an anointing service. Mrs Ambode was angry that the priest did not accord her due recognition by anointing her before the other congregants.
According to the statement, the Thanksgiving Service 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.”
The event is scheduled to commence at 10 am and has “Pressing on to Greater Heights” as its theme.
Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo is the guest speaker.