The Office of the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has stated that President Bola Tinubu is yet to appoint a Chaplain for the Aso Villa Chapel, after the exit of the last Chaplain.
Oluremi in a statement on Monday said President Tinubu reserved the right to appoint a chaplain, while debunking claims on social media platforms that the Aso Villa Chapel had been closed down.
“Our attention has been drawn to a story on social media about the purported closure of the Aso Rock Chapel by the first lady; we wish to state categorically that this is a fabrication and a false representation of the true situation.
“The first lady at no time gave such directive that the chapel be shut nor asked for the keys to be handed over to her.
“Presently, there are weekly fellowships going on at the chapel including midweek fellowship on Tuesdays, however, Mr President is yet to appoint a Chaplain for the chapel after the exit of the last Chaplain as he only reserves the right to appoint a chaplain.”
Former Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, had lamented during the campaigns that it was not the will of God that the chapel in Aso Rock would be closed for four years as a result of the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Okowa spoke at a meeting with members of Isoko Church Leaders Council held at God’s Fountain of Life Mission, Oleh, Isoko South local government area of the state, pleading that it was time for people to truly pray and to encourage the church of Christ to continue to pray.
“I believe that this is the time for us to dwell in the light of God so that His will be done in our state and in Nigeria. This is the time for us to rise up in faith and not time to mourn. The church must be prayerful, cautious and have to think from inside.
“It is my prayer that the chapel in Government House, Asaba, will remain to the glory of God,” the governor said, adding that the church should continue to pray for the state and nation.