It was a pleasant sight at the Ibom Hall ground, Uyo, as several Akwa Ibom people, defying political divides, friends of the state including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and governors of some other states congregated to worship God on the state’s 32nd anniversary.
Preaching at the occasion, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who said the celebration is not about the state as a living being, but the people of the state within and in the diaspora, maintained that “every prayer and blessing we pronounce today, concerning Akwa Ibom State is for you as the people of the State.”
He acknowledged the achievements of Governor Emmanuel witnessed in the last few years and asserted that even more records will be broken in the state in subsequent years.
Taking his text from Deuteronomy 33.25, which says “As your age, so shall your strength be,” Prof. Osinbajo prophesied that for those who believe, their strength shall be renewed with age.
The Vice President maintained that God’s promise which defies human knowledge meant that rather than diminishing with age, belief in God can make His people to grow stronger physically and mentally.
Citing the case of Moses in Deuteronomy Chapter 34, he explained that despite being 120 years at the time of death, Moses was still physically strong, “his eyes were not dim and his natural strength was still as it was when he was a young man.”
“Naturally when someone is older, he bears less fruit and becomes weak. But in your on case, you will remain more fruitful and you won’t be weaker, even in old age”, Osinbajo ministered.
He prayed among other things for multiplication and fruitfulness for Akwa Ibom people, however imploring that they repent of their wrong doings which could hinder God’s blessings.
Governor Udom Emmanuel at the occasion said Akwa Ibom people have lots of reasons to celebrate, maintaining that God’s faithfulness has seen the state grow in leaps and bounds within the past 32 years.
He asserted that the Ibom Airline and other industries brought about in the last couple of years, are indicators that the state is making rapid progress.
“For Akwa Ibom State we believe God and we have every reason to thank God for today. For thirty years, the only State in Africa that you can conveniently fly your own aircraft (Ibom Air), move anywhere you want, why shouldn’t you thank God?”
Mr Emmanuel expressed believe that the economic foundation his administration is laying, would provide jobs for the teeming youths.
“For we believe God that our agricultural revolution shall give us food sufficiently; for we believe God that the massive industrialization that we are undertaking shall provide what we want; for we believe God that this state shall be called righteous by all means.
Governor Udom Emmanuel while reflecting on the theme of the celebration, “For I believe God”, expressed belief that that everything God has promised the state will become reality.
The Governor who said that his message on the anniversary of the State will be contained in his broadcast to the state on Monday morning, said however recounted that great men in the Bible who put their trust in God usually succeeded.
“I want to also say, probably, when Paul Apostle made that statement, he must have read a whole lot of history of Saul and David, how Saul went after David and David believed God and it worked out for David. Paul Apostle when he drew inspiration he told his people, ‘for I believe God.’
The Governor aligned himself with the prayer of David in Psalm 7, and said he believed God that the wickedness of the wicked shall come to an end in Akwa Ibom State.
While strongly appreciating the Vice President for accepting to come and commission the projects and also invoke God’s blessings on the state,he expressed the hope that all his kind prayers for the state will be answered by God.
Prayers of intercessions were also offered for the Governor, the progress of the state and the leadership of the country led by the Government House Prayer Team leader, Pastor Emmanuel Bassey.
A goodwill message from some Governors of Imo State, Oyo State and Enugu State was presented on their behalf by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
“We are very happy with you our brother Governor Udom Emmanuel, not only because of the great things you are doing here, but because of the family you have created, the family of God’s children”
Ikpeazu told the Governor that nothing can stop him at the pace he is going, and thanked the people of the State for their unflinching support to his administration.
“We are very very happy with you, and we pray that God Almighty will sustain this peace and economic prosperity that have enveloped Akwa Ibom”.
In attendance at the event were, Governor Ayo Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State and Prof. Uche Otuanya the Secretary to the Enugu State Governor who represented the Enugu Governor at the event.
Also in attendance included former Governor and currently Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and his wife Unoma, former Governors Idongesit Nkanga and Victor Attah, wife of the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Nne Clement Isong, SSA to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, all three serving senators from Akwa Ibom, members of the State and National assembly, and other serving and former political office holders.