Sheathe your swords, join hands to develop Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel begs politicians
Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has urged politicians in the state to sheathe their swords and join hands with the Governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno, to develop the state after the dreams of its founding fathers.
Emmanuel stated this in Uyo, the state capital in his Easter broadcast to the people on Sunday.
He said though they may have belonged to different political linings, politicians must learn to resist the impulse of allowing politics to create division among them.
The governor urged the political class to be reminded of the fact that though the Founding Fathers, who established Ibibio State College in Ikot Ekpene may not have agreed totally on their political leanings, they never allowed A’Ibom kindred spirit to be broken through political affiliations.
He said: “I urge our political class to sheathe their swords and join hands with the Governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno, to build an economically vibrant state, where the yearnings and hopes for our collective growth and development would be attained for the good of us and the generations yet unborn.
“We may have disagreements on political front, we may have pursued growth and development through different political prisms, but we must resist the impulse of letting politics create unbridgeable schism and chasm of alienation amongst us as kindred.”
While noting that Easter broadcast was not his valedictory speech to the people, the governor said he was convinced that he has not let the state down.
He said: “It has been my great honour and privilege to serve you as your governor. As I am getting ready to hand over the baton, I do so, with the full conviction and deep faith that given the resources available, given the challenging economic tailwind that we faced, given the two recessions and a pandemic of historic proportions, God has been merciful, God has been kind and I am leaving this state better than I met her.