Akpabio Calls For Sacrifices, Unity For Nigeria
08 Apr 2012
Akwa Ibom people have been enjoined to allow the lessons of this Easter to inspire them to make sacrifices for the unity and progress of the state and the country.
Governor Godswill Akpabio who gave the advice today in this year's Easter message broadcast in both radio and television stations to the people of the state said ''By His death and resurrection, love shall reign among our people''.
Akpabio stated ''Christ died and resurrected so that we could conquer death and be cleansed from iniquities. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life''.
He said the lesson of Easter should not be lost on the people, observing ''It is one of the most important events in the Christian calendar. It gives us cause to rejoice that by His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ gave us victory over death and liberated us from its fear. That he went through the pains of crucifixion for us also provides us with a lesson in public service and a template for us to place the public good above our personal comfort''.
According to him, ''Therefore, as we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, let us find comfort in our shared commitment to unity and find strength in our common aspiration for a greater Akwa Ibom State.
''Let the life and teachings of Jesus inspire the good people of our state to strive for a world knit together by love and a state where our children shall be judged by the contents of their character and not their ethnic or tribal stock'', Akpabio pointed out.
The Governor acknowledged that his administration has lifted the veil of lies and falsehood unleashed on the people in the media by enemies of progress during the 2011 Governorship elections in the state, noting ''Through righteousness and truth, as espoused in the teachings of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, we stand today in the midst of what we and our country celebrate as ''Uncommon Transformation''.
Akpabio mentioned some of the uncommon transformation programmes to include construction of the third ring road in Uyo with three additional flyovers at various stages of completion, commencement of Olympic-sized Stadium, on-going dualisation of Aka-Nung Udoe Road/Ibesikpo-Asutan Road, completion of Ikot Ekan-Enen Nsit- Mbiokporo Road with three bridges and on-going construction of Aka-Ikot Eka-Abak Road, among others.