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Lagos Chapel Members Desert Church Over Sacking Of Presiding Chaplain

The Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja, was a shadow of itself on Sunday during the Sunday service as many members of the church did not show up.

PUNCH Metro, during a visit to the church, observed that the chapel was sparsely filled as the service, which usually ended around 1pm, was brought to a close at 11.30am.

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.

From the prayer session, led by the Chaplain, Very Rev. Ayo Oyadotun, to the choir ministration, the general theme was overcoming difficult times and fighting forces seeking to scatter the church.

Recently post on Shybellmedia revealed that 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 reported 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.

Online reports has it that the governing council, the Christian Association of Nigeria, The African Church, The Christian Council of Nigeria, would hold a meeting on the incident on Monday (today).

A source said the meeting was scheduled for 11am.

“The intent of the meeting is not clear, but it is after the meeting that we will know the way forward,” the source said.

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