By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has urged the people of the state to look beyond the want for political office or personal benefits to peace and tranquility which are the bedrock for development of any given society.
Governor Emmanuel stated this in his Easter message to the people of the state as they, as Christian joined other faithful globally to remember and crucifixion on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is the Savour of the whole world.
This is just as the activities for the 2023 general elections gathered momentum in the state with politicians from different political platforms intensifying campaigns for support from electorate to enable them achieve their political aspirations.
The governor in a broadcast stressed the need for the people to uphold enduring peace, love to one other and the the state, Akwa Ibom and Nigeria in general, just as Jesus Christ had simplified through His death on the Cross of Calvary to save mankind from wanton death, and gave His grace that endureth all.
His words, “As we celebrate Easter, let me again emphasize the theme of sacrifice, of victory and of love which the Season represents. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ agreed to die for our sake, to set us free from our sins and to guarantee a new lease on life predicated on hope and love. “As the political season dawns, I urge our stakeholders across the political divide to eschew hatred, anger and violence. I urge them to understand that politics will come and politics will go, but the spirit of the Akwa Ibom Enterprise will endure and continue to flourish. “There is no political office that should compel us to shed the blood of our brothers or sisters. There is no ambition that is so deep and sacred that we would be willing to turn our State into a cauldron of violence, in order to satisfy our craving for power. All powers belong to God and He alone, grants such to whom He has favoured. “Akwa Ibom has in the past seven years, remained an oasis of peace and tranquillity, and on this, I salute our resourceful youths who have decided to maintain the peace and invest in the future that is about to dawn – a future of plenty, a future of fulfilment and a future of growth and development. “We will never go back to the years of violence and the years where we couldn’t sleep with our eyes closed. We will not return to the years where kidnapping and politically motivated killings numbed our sensibilities and made us question the central purpose of governance, which is the security of lives and property. Akwa Ibom people have collectively and unanimously said goodbye to those years, and have welcomed the era of peace and security. Anyone who markets violence should and must be rejected. “My fellow Akwaibomites, as we reflect on the unflinching love for mankind which the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ represents, I again urge you to eschew hatred, ethnicity, anger and all forms of divisive tendencies from our body-politic. “Let us continue to join hands to build the Akwa Ibom State of our dream and secure a future of prosperity, peace and growth for our children and generations yet unborn,” he stated. Taking an example of how Dubai was years ago and present, Governor Emmanuel described the growth as the products of foresight, passion, dedication, deep and abiding love for the people.
According to him, Akwa Ibom State can be like Dubai or even greater when the passion and foresight of the people towards it development are right.
“As a State, we have, in the past seven years, experienced the unquantifiable joy of His resurrection, for the God who quickened Jesus Christ from the dead, is still quickening our pace of development and growth. “A State that was once defined as a purely Civil-Service oriented entity, today, is being hailed nationally as ‘Nigeria’s Best Kept Secret. ‘We have shown the world that when the passion is right, great and enduring things can also happen. “Last week, I remember seeing a picture of Dubai that was taken, in 1985. It had a very prominent picture of an imposing skyscraper, the Toyota Building. It was the only major high-rise building that stood out on the skyline of Dubai then. Below the building, were smatterings of other normal buildings. “Fast forward to 2016, another picture of the same location was published side by side, and the 2016, picture, showed a sprawling megapolis, dotted with glittering skyscrapers and wide boulevards. The Toyota building which in 1985, was the tallest, looked like a tiny dot in an emerging modern smart city that Dubai has become today. My take-away from that picture is that the development and growth of a people, entities, organisations, etc., are products of foresight, passion, dedication, deep and abiding love for the people.” He maintained that his administration has in the last seven years, laid a foundation of growth and development that would, like Dubai, was in 1985, blossom in the next few years into a fast industrializing and glittering State where, the people’s aspirations would be met; where from Land, Air and Sea, our State would be the cynosure of all eyes, where the economy would be private-sector driven, where our youths would be engaged, where the brightest and the best among us would enjoy incredible opportunities for growth and fulfilment.