By: Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo
GOVERNOR Godswill Akpabio on Friday enjoined Akwa Ibom people to find comfort in the shared commitment to unity and also to find strength in a common aspiration for a greater State.
Akpabio who gave this advice in a radio and television broadcast to mark this year’s Easter celebration said those who seek to divide the state with politics should be reminded that Christ said it was through loving one another that one can prove himself as being a true disciple.
He urged that that the lessons of Easter inspire the people to make sacrifices for the unity and progress of our State and Nation, and prayed that the life and teachings of Jesus Christ inspire the people to strive for a world knit together by love, and a State bonded in brotherhood and a nation united in diversity.
He said, “ As Easter stands out as a perfect example of unconditional love, let us give unconditional love to our neighbors and share love with the less privileged”.
He pointed out “Let us think in terms of what we can do for our State and not what the State can do for us. Let us think in terms of justice, fairness and equity in this season of politics.
“In the last eight years I have run the race, fought a good fight of faith and I am set to complete my course. In all these years, I have sought to let all Akwa Ibom people come together not as Ibibio or Annang or Oro but as brothers and sisters and children of God. I have sought to let the example of Christ’s love for us remain the foundation of our unity.
Continuing he said, “The lesson of Easter was recently brought home to Nigerians by the statesmanlike action of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, when he opted to concede the Presidential election in the public interest even before the announcement of the final result.
“By this act, Mr. President has resurrected morality, good conscience, patriotism and goodwill for our country. I commend Mr. President for this powerful national lesson during this season of love and sacrifice and I must admit that he lived up to his vow that no ambition was worth anybody’s blood”
The governor however urged the people to bear this in mind and to prepare to elect the next governor of the state come April 11, 2015 election nothing that the true Akwa Ibom spirit of loyalty was tested in the Presidential Election.
He reminded them of their performance of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the state in the March 28, 2015 elections and urged Nigerians, particularly Akwa Ibom people, to remain united in spite of the outcome of the past elections and to face the forthcoming elections with great hope.
“As we go out to vote, let us remember that what is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander. Let us show love to our brothers and sisters from Eket Senatorial District by giving them the opportunity to taste what we from Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts have tasted already.
“There is no greater way to show love that is consistent with the spirit of Easter than to exhibit this sense of equity and fairness to our brothers and sisters from Eket Senatorial District”, the governor added.