The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has led some residents to usher the State into the New Year 2023, dancing and singing praise and worship songs, rededicating everything to God at the State’s annual thanksgiving service.
Held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, the event themed “Praising the Name of God” in accordance with Psalm 69 verse 30, was also attended by friends of Lagos from neighbouring Ogun and beyond.
The annual event has become a tradition in the State since the year 2000, and this year’s edition coincided with the 56th birthday of the wife of the State Governor, Dr Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.
The wife of the Governor cut her birthday cake, joined by former first Ladies at the event, including Mrs Abimbola Jakande and Abimbola Fashola as well as top members of the Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet.
In a New Year message to the people of Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the annual event, usually held at the Lagos House Ikeja, was brought to the TBS to accommodate more people.
Recounting the achievements of his administration in the last four years, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged Lagosians to shun evil prophesies about the general elections by exercising their franchise in electing credible leaders.
Mr Sanwo-Olu also appealed to Lagos residents to keep faith with his administration as the collective dream of a greater Lagos is within reach.
“Part of our supplications to God today is for us to witness another smooth and peaceful transition of government; a transition that will defy the evil predictions of anarchy and violence peddled every election season by false prophets and enemies of our dear land.
Even as we seek the face of the Lord regarding this transition season, I am certain that the good people of Lagos State will once again choose the team that has been able to fulfill the mandate entrusted to it.
“We have done everything we promised, by the Special Grace of God and even as we get to the end of our first term in office, our energy has not flagged. We are still going strong, because our goal is to finish strong, and start a new term on an even stronger note.” He said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi who said the event was a worthy occasion to thank God for continued peace in the State which had become a haven for investors and people from all walks of life, enjoined residents to continue to live in peace and harmony.
Clerics from different denominations at the event offered special prayers for families, children and youths in the State and the Country at large and for peaceful and successful conduct of the general elections during the ceremony.
Special prayers were offered for families, children and youths in the State and the Country at large and for peaceful and successful conduct of the general elections during the ceremony.
Earlier on Sunday morning, the State had held an Interdenominational church service to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day during which Governor Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde pledged continued support to serving and retired members of the Forces and families of fallen heroes.