By Aniekeme Finbarr
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has acknowledged the power of God in the last one year and four months of his administration.
The Governor, who credited the achievements of the state government to divine intervention, made the remarks on Sunday evening at the end of the Quarterly partnership with the Holy Spirit held at the Government House Banquet Hall, Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel, accompanied to the prayer session by his Deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, both members of the National Assembly, House of Assembly, State Executive Council, senior aides to the Governor, Party Executives and senior, testified to the grace of God in piloting the affairs of the state.
He said the projects so far executed by his administration and ongoing projects were products of answered prayers by God and the ceaseless intercessions of the saints in Akwa Ibom State.
Governor Emmanuel noted that despite the paucity of funds in the country, the deep recession the country is currently plunged into and the dramatic folding up of major businesses, Akwa Ibom State still enjoys divine assistance in convincing foreign investors to keep faith with the state.
He assured that no sooner than later, the people of the state will experience more physical testimonies in the areas of investments, industrialization and wealth creation.
In his message, the Guest Minister and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Bible Church, Pastor W F Kumuyi charged the Government and people of Akwa Ibom state to be firm and confront the challenges facing it.
Drawing inspiration from the Book of Numbers, chapter 13, Pastor Kumuyi said that the land of Akwa Ibom State can be likened to the biblical land of Canaan flowing with milk and honey, with bountiful resources.
He noted that only a positive spirit and can-do, such as the one exhibited by Caleb who was sent to spy the land of Canaan will take Akwa Ibom to an enviable height.
Several intercessory prayers were offered for the state including prayers for the prosperity of the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State, prayers for the actualization of Government’s development plans an dreams, prayers for the peace and stability in Akwa Ibom State and prayers against anti government and anti development forces in the state.
The September edition of the Quarterly Partnership with the Holy Spirit also featured choir ministrations, hymns, praise and worship.
COMMITMENT TO FERVENT PRAYERS
Since his inauguration as the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, chartered Accountant, finance expert and administrator has been consistent in gathering the government and the large christian community in the state in prayers.
His inauguration on May 29 2015 was followed with a thanksgiving service held at Ibom Hall grounds where the governor dedicated the state to the God Almighty. He prayed that “the wickedness of the wicked one come to an end in Akwa Ibom State”.
Governor Udom Emmanuel declared a three-day fasting and prayer program in the state to pray for peace and good governance.
On the first day of the fast, Gov. Emmanuel expressed his belief that God will hearken to the prayers of the people of the state and pour his blessings on the land following their humility and prayers to him.
“The good people of Akwa Ibom entered into a covenant with my humble self and graciously invested in my mortal hands the responsibilities of the office of the Governor of our dear state,” Emmanuel explained.
“Our help in ages past hope for years to come, we beseech God to sharpen our vision and imbibe us with the vision to steer the ship of the state to safe harbours. I have come to lay the responsibilities of that office at God’s feet and submit myself to him to use in accomplishing His will for this blessed land named after Him.”
The governor commended the people of the state for joining him in the spiritual exercise. He said he was expectant that their sacrifices will be reaped by generations yet unborn.
Governor Emmanuel reiterated his belief that God will hearken to the prayers of the people of Akwa Ibom State and will pour his blessings on the land following their humility and prayers to him.
On Day 2 of the fasting and prayer programme, he made references to the book of Job 2015 where he lamented that the land had swallowed all the flourishing companies in the state, and urged the people to continue in the prayers for the total restoration of the Lord’s blessings in the state.
The three days of prayers and intercession ended on a note of thanksgiving as the Governor strongly commended the people for joining him in the spiritual exercise, and positioned that their sacrifices will be reaped by generations yet unborn.
Seeking the face of God has become a recurring decimal under the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration. Every month, officials of Government gather at the Government House Chapel in prayers and supplication to God Almighty.
UNITING THE STATE THROUGH PRAYERS
Conscious of the fact that Akwa Ibom state is a predominantly christian community, Governor Udom Emmanuel has become a galvanizing force in uniting the body of Christ.
One of such lofty ways of bringing the people together is via the annual Christmas festival and night of carols.
Those who thought that celebrating Christ in grandeur in Akwa Ibom State had gone with the Godswill Akpabio administration were disappointed when Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival 2015 organized by Special Services Department, Office of the Governor, Uyo came alive on December 19, 2015 on a scale that was unique, peculiar and distinct but similar in content, theme and purpose.
The event came on the heels of a laudable social engineering, Dakkada, appeared to be an initiation of a major re-orientation that galvanized the state’s faith in God. The creed which is unmistakable in its scriptural content as well as secular motive is phrased to offer the needed drive that can give our collective consciousness a turn-around.
Being the first under the genial Governor Udom Emmanuel, a Deacon of Qua Iboe Church and faithful servant of God, the event was fully rebranded as a spectacular celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the saviour of mankind.
The carol event was a deliberate shift of emphasis from the unique numeric of 9,999 to a consuming pageantry that celebrated Christ Jesus with a consequence of reinforcing the faith of mankind in the supremacy of God.
The event featured rendition of Christmas carols, inspirational numbers; Praise and worship songs and other special performances by Akwa Ibom Gospel Artistes as well as nationally acclaimed and globally renowned gospel music icons.
The star studded event featured-international gospel artistes including Donnie McClurkin, Voices of Barbados, Angella Christie and Chevelle Franklyn, with performance of local gospel acts including Asu Ekiye, Anne Inyang, Lara George, Chinelo Dellimono, Aity Dennis and David Eka who literally charged the event.
The event was flagged off by Governor Udom Emmanuel accompanied by his wife and children.
In his address, the governor extolled the name of the Almighty God, adding that the praises of the people will see out his election petition case, then before the supreme court of Nigeria
“This night we have come here to sing to the supreme God who can take us to the Supreme Court.”
The night was electrified when international gospel act, Pastor McClurkin, brought down the Shekinah glory when he sang in Efikl anguage, ‘’Eyama ne kwo, eyama ne nekikwo idara ke esami‘’. Angella Christie and David Eka the saxophonists, also charged the stadium with popular gospel hits.
Shortly after the flag-off, the General Overseer of TREM, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, mounted the podium to offer Christmas message. The guest preacher, reading from Isaiah 9 and Luke 2: 7-11, said, ‘’The love of God to humanity has not changed since creation, to attract the love of God demands building of faith and believing in the teaching of the Holy Spirit.”