By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel has charged the people of Akwa Ibom State to shun the antics of people who want to make them look bad, untrustworthy, unreliable and one that would betray a group interest to further personal interest.
Emmanuel who stated this in his statewide broadcast marking the state’s 31st anniversary celebration, said the development negates the pride of the state, as Akwa Ibom people were nationally known for their honesty and integrity.
The governor who in the broadcast preached integrity over lies, urged the people to rise against falsehood and take their destiny by choice devoid blackmail and ethnic bigotry.
According to him, the interest of one man cannot override the collective good rather Akwa Ibom interest must supersede one person’s interest.
His words, “My dear Akwa Ibomites, ask yourself this fundamental question: What is the perception of the Akwa Ibom person today in Nigeria? We are nationally known for our honesty and integrity. We are never known for being a people who speak from both sides of our mouth; if we gave our word on any given issue, we always kept our word. If we were a part of a group and certain decisions were made, we were not known to be the people who will go and betray confidentialities or agreements we had reached collectively for our selfish interest.
“But today, my dear Akwa Ibomites, certain individuals have made us look bad, untrustworthy, unreliable and one that would betray a group interest to further personal interest. We must tell the world that we are better than this negative perception; that we will not sell our conscience for a portion of porridge. We have to restore the integrity and moral fibre of our people and our sterling character. You have a choice to make this huge statement and reassure the world that the Akwa Ibom person is a man of honour and integrity.
“As we mark our 31 Anniversary, let us celebrate our common good over personal interest; let us know that Akwa Abasi Ibom State is like a shining city on the hill, inviting, attractive, and proud. Let us continue to water the seeds of its growth, and resist the attempts of a few individuals to re-write backwards the story of our growth and development.
“Our State is Rising and will continue to rise. Let us as Akwa Ibomites at home and in the Diaspora tell ourselves: Never again shall we fritter away the huge gains we have made in the last 31 years just to satisfy the ambition of one individual or a few group of persons. Akwa Ibom is our heritage and we will, and must guard this heritage jealously”, he stated.
Governor Emmanuel assured the people that as a servant leader, he would continue to be bounded by a deep feeling of humility and the supremacy of the people over personal desires.