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‘Shun Corruption,’ Deputy Governor Tells Govt. Officials


She appealed to those in authority to always uphold the trust reposed in them and ensure transparency in the running of government affairs.Lagos State deputy governor, Idiat Adebule

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, on Friday urged political leaders and government officials to entrench good governance and shun all forms of corruption.

Adebule gave the advice while speaking with journalists at the funeral service of the late Mrs Olayemisi Johnson, wife of the former administrator of Lagos State, retired Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson.

She appealed to those in authority to always uphold the trust reposed in them and ensure transparency in the running of government affairs.

Adebule described the late Johnson as a worthy role model, a mother of all, and a woman of high integrity who would be missed by all.

“Late Mrs Johnson left a legacy of uprightness, faithfulness, honesty and her commitment to a just and better society.

“I urge political leaders and government officials to emulate her by embracing service to humanity, upholding the people’s mandate as well as shunning corrupt practices to drive national development,’’ she said.

In his sermon, Right Rev. Omotayo Babalola, the Bishop of Methodist Church, Tinubu, described late Johnson as an industrous and generous woman with the fear of God.

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Babalola said she would be remembered for her good deeds and selfless services to humanity.

He urged politicians to shun corruption and selfishness.

According to him, it Is selfishness that makes people to embezzle public funds and subject the citizens to hardship.

The bishop also warned pastors against encouraging corruption through their emphasis on prosperity rather than the salvation of soul.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the wife of Gov.Akinwunmi Ambode, Mrs Bolanle Ambode and the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, were among dignitaries at the service.

Chief Lateef Jakande, Chief Ernest Shonekan, retired Rear Adm. Ndubuisi Kalu, Gen Yakubu Gowon and his wife, among others, were also in attendance.

NAN reports that the late Mrs Johnson was born on Dec. 6, 1939 and died on Feb. 6 at age of 76 during a brief illness.


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