The vice president, Prof. (Pastor) Yemi Osinbajo in Akwa Ibom said that the state will become greater and more fruitful as it grows older if the people continue to acknowledge God as the source of their blessing.
This prophetic declaration was made by the Vice President, during a sermon at the interdenominational service which was held at the prestigious Akwa Ibom Grounds Hall, Ibrahim Babagida Badamusi Way, Uyo to mark the thirty two anniversary of the State’s creation.
The service which has its theme: “For I Believe in God”, and the Vice President, who is also a cleric, preached on the topic: “As Your Day So Shall Your Strength Be”, taken from the book of Deuteronomy 33: 25. He stated that God made a promise to Abraham about fruitfulness and it came to pass even when he and Sarah, his wife, doubted due to their advanced age, notwithstanding God made the promise to manifest.
He said that the Akwa Ibom State and its people have demonstrated their affection to God in order for the peace and prosperity they are enjoying continue to abound in prosperity and also urge them to walk without blemish before God in order t to benefit from God’s covenant of blessings
The Governor of the state Udom Emmanuel reaffirmed his abiding faith in God who has proved himself mighty in the affairs of Akwa Ibom.
The state chief executive acknowledged the prayers of the fathers of faith which accounts for the significant records of development witnessed in the state.
The theme of the anniversary: “For I Believe in God” as very apt, saying that Akwa Ibom is a state named after God and for that, the people has every reason to be grateful to God who from cradle brought the state to existence with abundant resources.
The governor further stated that he believes that God who started the journey will bring it to manifestation all the blessings pronounced by Men of God on the state and its people and also thanked God for the grace upon the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and his love for Akwa Ibom and prayed God to bless and sustain him as well as all the governors from Oyo, Imo, Abia and Enugu states, who came to show their support with the state and for participating in the thanksgiving service.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who spoke on behalf of the governors present, in his goodwill message expressed gratitude to God for the progress witnessed in Akwa Ibom and the godly leadership of Governor Emmanuel, who is running a Christ – centered governance.
Other things included on the program; includes thanksgiving, rendition of praise and worship songs with the high point being when Governor Udom Emmanuel read the first Bible lesson from Deuteronomy 33: 25
In a goodwill message, by the state chairman of PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo, congratulated the Governor and the people of the state on the Anniversary and also say that he Is satisfy with the performance of PDP leaders in the state administration and urged the people to support the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The event was rap up with the cutting of anniversary cake t to mark the thirty two years of the state creation.