The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State Chapter on Tuesday said the sack of the Presideing Chaplain, Chapel of Christ the Light, Venerable Femi Taiwo by the State Government was in order.
The Lagos Chairman, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola lamented that the matter had been over flogged in the media and social media, saying that the government had the power to hire and fire.
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Bamgbola also exonerated the wife of the Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode from the sack of the Chaplain, describing her as a woman God sent to bless this generation.
According to him, the Church was built by the Lagos State Government for itself and for the public and consequently appointed two Chaplains to run the affairs of the Church, with the Presiding Chaplain as the senior.
He said it was the State Government which created the anointing service and instituted Governing Council to run the affairs of the Church and report to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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“The Governing Council has the constitutional responsibility to recruit and terminate the appointments of officers who run the Chapel. The Chaplains are officers of the Government, they are strictly employees of the State Government and subject to terms and conditions of the Government,” he explained.
Bamgbola stated emphatically that the Governing Council acted within tits constitutional authority in terminating the appointment of the Presiding Chaplain.
In his wors, “This matter should be closed and be left for the Church to handle. We are more than able to handle all matters,” he said.
Bishop of African Church, Diocese of Ifako, Rt Rev Michael Adeyemi said the matter was being managed by CAN and that the Church trusted the judgement of CAN to do a good job and resolve the matter.