Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel has urged people in the state to show love to one another and use their God-given blessings to put smiles on the face of indigent ones around them.
Emmanuel gave the admonition during the 2021 Carol night, tagged “The Return” whose text was drawn from Isaiah 51:11 held at Ibom hall grounds, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The governor explained that Christmas is a time of love and giving, urging Akwa Ibomites to exhibit these ennobling Christ-like virtues.
He said, “On behalf of my dear Wife, Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Martha Udom Emmanuel, and my wonderful family, I welcome you to our Annual Ecclesiastical party, where we raise the decibel of our voices in singing praises to God to herald the birth of the Prince of Peace, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This is a season of joy, of spiritual renewal, of love and of giving, of goodwill to mankind and of deepening the cords of our unity and common purpose.
“Everywhere you see a brethren who cannot afford a decent meal, reach out and touch that individual. If you have been blessed by God, use your blessings to alleviate the pains of others, show humility and kindness to one another. These are the values and virtues Christ embodied and as we celebrate His birth this season, let us envelop our thoughts and hearts with these ennobling Christ-like ideals.
He regretted that the annual event could not take place last year due to Covid-19 pandemic which he said affected not only economic but social activities across the country, saying this year’s celebration was a great privilege from God.
The statement in parts, “It’s so great to be back here tonight, since we last met in December 2019, having postponed last year’s edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic that had changed every known rules and dynamics of our daily engagements. Even though the pandemic is still mutating into various variants, we remain optimistic that its spread would be greatly curtailed in the months to come, given the robust protocols we have enjoined our people to continue to observe.
“Let me welcome you to this Carol night tagged the Return, for reasons I have just mentioned, our revered Father in Faith, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) Daddy G. O Enoch Adeboye, our brother and the immensely popular and celebrated founder and Bishop of the Potter’s House – a mega church based in Dallas, Texas, in the United States, an author whose books and motivational teachings have changed destinies and brought hope to the hopeless, Bishop T.D. Jakes.
“This is a season of love, and I want to urge our people to continue to be united in love, to be his or her brother or sister’s keeper. First Corinthians 13:4-5 captures this very succinctly. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It does not destroy others. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered; it keeps no records of wrong doings.”
“My dear Akwaibomites let this season of the Birth of our Saviour, cement in larger levels and doses the love we show to one another, let us eschew hatred and envy, let us refrain from the impulse and the push to destroy one another, let us not use anger to bend the cords of our brotherhood.
“Our State is generally known to be peaceful and hospitable, little wonder we have if I may repeat, been called “Nigeria’s Best Kept Secret.” People from all over the nation and even in the Diaspora have made our State their new home. Our cuisine, our cultural heritage continue to attract people from diverse backgrounds to our State. We must continue to be what God created us to be – loving, welcoming, industrious, transparent and kind-hearted people.”