At Akwa Ibom’s 32nd anniversary, Osinbajo predicts greater days for residents
Vice President Yemi Osibajo yesterday foresaw greater days for Akwa Ibom residents as the state today marks the 32nd anniversary of its creation by the military regime of the former ruler, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd) on September 23, 1987.
During a thanksgiving service to herald the event in Uyo, the nation’s number two citizen submitted that things could only get rosier with the ‘competent leadership’ being provided by Governor Udom Emmanuel administration in the state.
Expressing satisfaction with the governor’s four-year stewardship, Osinbajo predicted that the subsequent years in the state would “record more blessings with Udom on the saddle.”
He said the celebration was not about the state as an entity, but also the people within and outside, stressing: “Every prayer and blessing we pronounce today (yesterday) concerning Akwa Ibom is for you as the people of the state.”
Taking his text from Deuteronomy chapter 33 verse 25, the vice president prophesied that for those who believe, their strength shall be renewed with age.
He maintained that God’s promise which defies human knowledge meant that rather than diminishing with age, trust in God could make His people grow stronger physically and mentally.
Citing the case of Moses in Deuteronomy chapter 34, Osinbajo explained that despite being 120 years at the time of his death, he was still physically strong, as “his eyes were not dim and his natural strength was still as it was when he was a young man.”
He added: “Naturally when someone is older, he bears less fruit and becomes weak. But in your own case, you will remain more fruitful and you won’t be weaker, even in old age.”
The Ogun State indigene prayed for multiplication and fruitfulness for the people, imploring them to repent of their sins for the outpour of God’s blessings.
Responding, Udom said the people of the state had enough reasons to celebrate, adding that God’s faithfulness had seen the state grow in leaps and bounds in the last three decades.
He said the economic foundation his administration was laying would provide jobs for the teeming youths.
Meanwhile, the police command has urged traditional rulers to collaborate with it in ending cultism and other criminal activities in the state.
CP Zaki Ahmed made the appeal when he paid a familiarisation visit to the paramount ruler of Obot Akara, Essien Udim, and Ikot Ekpene community.
He stressed that security was next to life and the key to development.
The police chief, therefore, advised parents to educate their children on the repercussions of cultism and other criminal acts.
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