That the last Sunday Thanksgivings Service organised by the Lagos State Government was enmeshed in controversy is like stating the obvious.
The program itself was poorly attended compared to the past when the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, The TREM Bishop, Mike Okonkwo and other high profile Christians leaders normally attend.
For the first time in the history of Christian thanksgiving service in the state, Muslims were given Bible passages to read.
“It was awful! A Christian Leader who was part of the program exclaimed after the event. “What’s happening in Lagos State?”
Even, when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was governor of the state and his successor Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, despite the fact that both are muslims, Christmas Carol and Christian Thanksgiving Service was always strictly for Christian leaders and nothing more. It has never happened in the history of the state that Muslims were called upon to read Bible passages in Christian organised program where Muslim brethren who chose to attend are regarded as observers.
Who’s behind what some elders at the event described as a ‘taboo’ since it was boldly written that it was Christian thanksgiving service? Why would a Muslims given passages to read in such an event? Is Christian allowed to read Quran during Islamic Program?
The Commissioner for Home Affairs , Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf was the agent provocateur behind the whole arrangements meant to spite some people. And in her usual bravado has boasted that she is well connected and nothing would happen, even if the Christians who were aggrieved complained.
Those who are familiar with the ubiquitous Commissioner for Home Affairs said her excesses does not start today.
It would be recalled that despite being a Muslim, she followed the Christians to Jerusalem last year to perform the holy pilgrimage. That’s not all, during the Christmas Carol by the Lagos State Government, Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf was in her usual element when she called the Chief Justice of the State, Alogba Kazeem to read a Bible passage to the detriment of Christian leaders at the event.
Why is it difficult for the governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to call Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf to order? Attempt to get the reaction of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile was unsuccessful as at the time of filling this report.