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Chaplain’s Sack: Let the Church and State Government Handle it – Lagos CAN



Venerable Femi Taiwo

The Lagos State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday called for understanding of Lagosians on the removal of the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Lagos.

The Chairman of CAN, Lagos State Chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, briefed newsmen at the church on the sack of Venerable Femi Taiwo, who was removed on May 15 by the governing council of the church.

Taiwo was sacked one day after Governor Ambode‘s wife Bolanle allegedly left the church angrily during an announcing service.

Premium Times however reports that “Taiwo’s problems with the church predated the event of May 14.”

It stated that Taiwo visited the First Lady under the guise of being sent by the governing council.

The report stated that Taiwo schooled the First Lady on why he should be the “alpha and omega” on anything spiritual concerning Governor Ambode and his family.

“He also reportedly cited the church’s constitution repeatedly to convince the First Lady to always respect his office and powers,” it added.

Bolanle was said to have reported the matter to the governing council who then issued a query to the clergyman.

“It came to the notice of the Governing Council of Chapel of Christ the Light that you requested and held a meeting with Her Excellency on 27th February, 2017, claiming that the Governing Council mandated you to do so.

Please, note that your action was at your behest and not the Governing Council. We learnt that you went with a copy of the constitution, explaining the content to her.

Kindly recall that an emergency meeting was summoned on Wednesday, 1st March 2017, where you claimed that you never mentioned to Her Excellency that Governing Council mandated you. In order not to put the Governing Council in disrepute, respond in writing your position on same,” read the query signed by Gbenga Solomon, a Reverend Canon and the Governing Council Chairman.

Taiwo, also reportedly wrote a letter of apology to the First Lady after the query.

“I write to tender a sincere apology to you on the matter surrounding our visit to Your Excellency recently,” the chaplain wrote.

In honesty, I have high regard for you and see you as mother to all. Your effort in building the Chapel and the State in general is highly appreciated and we pray God to continue to strengthen you the more.

I am very sorry for any embarrassment our visit might have caused you and I plead you find a place in your heart to forgive,” it read.

Premium Times reports that Taiwo continued to remain hostile and disrespectful to the First Lady.

Apostle Bamgbola said that Taiwo’s sack should be regarded as that of an employer and employee relationship.

As a result of the unfortunate misunderstanding of the public which has been fanned by erroneous publications in the print media and social media generally, we believe that C.A.N Lagos State, must make clarification and educate the public correctly on this matter having looked into the matter objectively,” Bamgbola said.

He said that the State Government created a standing legal constitution for Chapel of Christ The Light, which has guided its running over the years.

“By this Constitution, the chapel is run by a Governing Council which reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Governing Council has the Constitutional responsibility and authority to recruit and terminate the two officers who run the Chapel of Light i.e the Presiding Chaplain and the Chaplain.

With this clarification, it should be known by the generality of the public that these two officers who run the Chapel are strictly employees of the State Government. They are subject to terms and conditions of employment of the the State Government.

Having investigated this matter carefully and objectively, C.A.N, Lagos State, wish to state today that the Governing Council that recruited Venerable Taiwo acted within its constitutional authority to terminate Venerable Femi Taiwo,” he said.

Bamgbola said it was unfortunate that Bolanle Ambode was being accused in the media of being instrumental to the termination of the Presiding Chaplain because of one anointing service.

“With this press conference, we ask that this matter be closed and be left to the Church in Lagos State to handle,” he said.


  1. June

    May 31, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Power in this country. Story , story!

  2. Vee

    May 31, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Like y’all will ever agree it’s her doing

  3. BOSS

    May 31, 2017 at 7:55 am

    .”The alpha and omega to the first family…..continued to be disrespectful to the first lady…..” what does that even mean? Ambode and bolanle fear God. Any you give a family man 24 hrs to vacate his residence within 24hrs? Please make una find another story. If you cannot lie well, consult Lie Mohmmed.

  4. BOSS

    May 31, 2017 at 7:58 am

    ….give a family man in LAGOS 24 hrs to vacate his residence? That is vindictive.

    • Nene

      May 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm


  5. omalichavicky

    May 31, 2017 at 10:02 am

    24 hours to vacate his residence? Goodness me!!! Gov. Ambode, You and your wife should fear God oh

  6. ada

    May 31, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Yesterday CAN’s statement that the first family had nothing to do with the chaplain’s sacking that the 1st Lady was a God fearing woman who lives a devoted life and i’m like what? Since when did CAN start vouching for people? CAN has become politicized in the last decade or so especially during the last election when money was shared among pastors and some pastors brought to the public’s attention that money was shared and they didn’t get their share. May God help us!

  7. Ibk

    May 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Ambode only God will judge you and this nonsense CAN

    • You

      May 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      And God will judge you for the abortions, fornications, adultery, lying, stealings, curruptions that you have been and still involved in. Look into your eyes and remove the plank in there before you can see the stick in someone else’s eyes. If you are interested in this matter, why don’t you have your own investigation before concluding judgement on the innocent woman. So because is a man of God means he should not be sacked if he violate the code of conduct? If churches sack their pastors, why can’t the State govt sack its worker? Think of how to use your time and resources to set up a pressure group that will be asking your govts questions and demanding for better living rather than wasting them on trivial matters because of your religious sentiment. Nigerian youths should think and act.

    • Response to You

      May 31, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      I mistakenly liked “You’s’ comment. Are you a relative of the Ambodes? Why so much bile in your throat?

  8. bruno

    May 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    we dont belive this nonsense u are telling us.

    men of God cowering to politicians, men of God telling lies on behalf of powerful figures, men of God cooking up stories and covering the wrong doings of power figures in the society, men of God bowing down to powerful figures, the end is truly near. these people are suppose to be the ones to stand up for the masses against authority and oppression. I don’t blame them. nobody wants to lose their job.

    I’m disappointed in the chaplain that was sacked. he shouldn’t have issued an apology, he should have stood his ground. if he needs money, nigerians can donate money for him to help him, before the end of the week he will probably be a multi millionaire.

    that’s why I like some Catholic priests. if u like be the king of the world, they don’t give a shit about u.u mess up in church, they call u to order. they will even ban u from attending their church if u talk too much. infact this is the kind of wahala some rev. fathers like. putting powerful people in their places.

  9. Iphee

    May 31, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Let’s agree for the sake of argument he is guilty of all the allegations painted above. You now give him 24 hours to move out??? …. Haba!!!
    The allegations are at best a childish imagination of a petty mind…. Traits clearly exhibited by the first lady who “schooled” him she is “alpha and omega” by bringing the whole might of government on the Pastor…. If men were gods!!!!

  10. Ajala & Foodie

    May 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Do I hear separation of church and state???

  11. funmilola

    May 31, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    If only CAN will do the right thing…..seems they’re politicians now.

  12. NaijaPikin

    June 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    How can he continue to be rude,arrogant and disrespectful to the person he is running to seek favor from. Doesn’t make sense.

  13. Elektro Philips

    June 9, 2017 at 11:37 am

    The defence of CAN is very weak on this matter, bcos of money they cannot talk straight, searching for words for what? I am highly disappointed in our religious system in this country. what a shame? because you have eaten dodo then you now find it difficult to say the truth.
    God is watching ooo, The final judge of all, and the time is very near now. Better repent on time before it is too late, money can only offer you short time pleasure but remember Mat 8:36-37. Take heed!

  14. jumoke

    June 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    he actually did what was wrong,but he had appologized,he has to be forgiving and be posted out.

  15. John LANIRAN

    June 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

    We thank God for everything. This is about God, therefore, he should be consulted on this matter for enlightenment and wisdom. My humble regard to all concerned. Lagos is our success story, may the grace, favour, goodness and mercy of God be sufficient for us all.

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