By Ebenezer Ishola
Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his administration will continue to collaborate with forward-looking organisations and religious bodies for the development of the state.
He said his vision is to bring righteousness, forthrightness and accountability to government, promising Lagosians that at the end of his stewardship, the state would have witnessed unprecedented growth and development.
“We are bringing righteousness to governance. With God, all of you here will be witnesses to it when at the end of the four years. I answer to God and to all of you, and as the scripture says, in the Gospel of John, chapter four, verse 23, He says, “that the eyes actually know where we’ll get the real worshipers that will worship the father, the truth and the spirit.”
Sanwo-Olu gave the pledge while addressing thousands of worshippers at the 14th edition of ‘The Experience’, an annual gospel music concert, held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS in Onikan, Lagos, on Friday.
Award-winning Nigerian and international gospel artistes who graced the stage at this year’s edition included Onos Ariyo; Sammie Okposo; Preye Odede; Sinach; the legendary Don Moen; Tope Alabi; Chioma Jesus; Donnie McClucking; Mercy Chinwo Planet Shakers; Travis Greene; Todd Dulaney and the Lagos Metropolitan Gospel Choir from House on the Rock church.
The governor who was accompanied by his wife, Ibijoke, recalled that he was part of the concert in 2018 as a governorship candidate, and now attending this year’s edition as the 15th governor of the state.
He said he has spent 193 days, translating to 13.2 percent of the four-year mandate given to him by residents and had been praying to God to lead him right as he would be accountable to Him and all Lagosians at the end of his tenure.
The governor who assisted House on the Rock church to unveil tricycles bought for reformed street urchins, popularly called area boys, but renamed Jesus Boys, thanked the church for the gesture and promised to collaborate with it to ensure that the reformative efforts are sustained.
Earlier, the Senior Pastor of House on the Rock and Convener of the Experience Lagos, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, said in addition to praising and worshipping God, the experience has been a platform to pray for peace and sustainable development of Nigeria and for justice, truth and equity to prevail within its borders.
A new logo for The Experience was unveiled, while Adefarasin also called for a minute silence in honour of the first administrator and governor of the state, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson, who died about a month ago.