The Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has drummed up support for the APC-led administration in the country calling on all to eschew corruption and encourage templates of integrity, sacrifice, and selfless service as exemplified by the spirit of Christmas.
Governor Ajimobi made the call during the 2016 Christmas Carol and Thanksgiving Service held at Agodi Gardens, Parliament road, Secretariat, Ibadan.
He said that the present administration is aware of the poor state of the economy which has exposed the citizens to suffering and hardship, stressing that necessary steps are being taken to address the challenges.
While noting the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest the recession presently facing the nation’s economy, Ajimobi stressed the need for all to be more understanding.
The Governor also called on the people to follow the rules and injunction of the Holy Bible by learning to forgive, accommodate, and embrace selfless service.
He said the 2016 carol service was a celebration of government’s courage to tackle the challenges of the present and determination to change current indices for an improved future.
In his sermon, the Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde, condemned the high level of corruption in the society right from the church leaders to the politicians to the judiciary and security agents.
He regretted that the greater the number of churches and mosques in the country, the greater the level of corruption and sinful acts in the society, stressing that the church has become a money spinning business in the society.
He said politicians, religious leaders and other people in high places have corrupted the image of God in them through unfulfilled promises, bribery and false prophesies and this calls for serious redemption.
The 2016 carol service had three lessons which were read by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Micheal Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Alake-Adeyemo and wife of the Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.
Prayers for the state and the country were offered amidst colourful rendition of spiritual songs by prominent gospel artistes.
The symbolic candlelight and the fireworks wrapped up the evening.