Alausa Pastor's Sack: Church Members Stay Away From Service
It seems members of the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja, are showing solidarity with their sacked Chaplain.
A number of them stayed away from service on Sunday.
Of the 30 church members that were supposed to be part of the birthday thanksgiving service for the month of May, only nine were present.
The Presiding Chaplain of the Chapel, Venerable Femi Taiwo, was sacked by the Governing Council of the church allegedly on the orders of the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Taiwo was said to have been sacked for “disrespecting” Ambode’s wife, Bolanle.
Bolanle was alleged to have attended the chapel on Sunday, May 14, for an anointing service.
She was reported to have stormed out of the church for not being recognised by the chaplain during the service.
By 1pm the following day, Taiwo was sacked and issued a 24-hour ultimatum to vacate the vicarage with his wife and kids.
The government ordered Taiwo’s assistant, Oyadotun, to take over the mantle of leadership of the church.
On Friday, Nigerians expressed disappointment at the action of Ambode, asking him to call his wife to order and rescind the decision.
On Saturday, the Lagos State Government, due to the backlash that trailed the report, shifted the thanksgiving service for the Lagos@50 celebration from the chapel to the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Alausa.
Rt. Rev. Michael Adeyemi, said the church was embarrassed by the action of the Lagos first family.
He noted that Bolanle’s action, in particular, was ungodly and sacrilegious, adding that she must apologise for disrespecting a minister of God due to her ego.