A renown cleric in Akwa Ibom state, Apostle Ime George, has warned youths in Akwa Ibom State, particularly, students of the University of Uyo, not to offer themselves to be used and dumped like tissue papers by politicians seeking various political offices in the upcoming 2019 general elections.
Apostle George who is the Field Superintendent of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, made the call on Monday after receiving the Prestigious Award of Administrative Excellence conferred on him by the Faculty of Education, University of Uyo during the 7th Annual National Conference of Education.
The cleric who frowned at the attitude of some politicians said most of them can go extra miles to achieve what he termed selfish aspiration, and therefore warned youths to be careful as political activities thicken in the State.
Apostle George further stated that most politicians are always in the habit of engaging youths in their negative politicking and thereafter abandon them, noting that such politicians are always self-centered and care less about the future of the youths neither that of the State nor the Country.
While condemning political violence, George advised youths to secure their future and refrain from act capable of jeopardizing their destiny.
“I am advising our youths, especially our students, to be on alert as 2019 election draws closer. Don’t allow politicians to use and dump you as toilet paper. Don’t allow them to drag you into political thuggery and violence that will truncate your future because your future is important. They may come and deceive you with fake promises, enticing you with money but don’t be carried away by their tricks, don’t sell your future for peanut because immediately after the election they will dump you. God told me that a better Nigeria is coming very soon and that what the future holds is promising. God said the rain of good things is coming. There shall be rain of good economy, rain of peace and rain that will bring unity and love”, the cleric cum academician said.
On the award conferred on him by the Faculty of Education, the cleric thanked the leadership of the faculty and the University as a whole for honoring him with an award of Administrative Excellence which he described as special, saying that it’s an indication that his contribution to the academic development is acknowledged by the institution.
He also thanked his wife, Deaconess Emem George, his colleagues in the academia, ministers of The Apostolic Church and everyone who celebrated him for the award while dedicating it to the staff of his department .
Earlier, presenting the award on behalf of the faculty, the outgoing Dean, Prof. Enoidem Usoro eulogised Apostle George for his outstanding contribution and impact on the faculty of education as well as his service in the Lord’s vineyard, describing him as a counselor per excellence.
Hails from Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Apostle George until his elevation as the Uyo Field Superintendent of The Apostolic Church was the Head of Department of Guidance and Counseling.
The Uyo Field leader was accompanied by his wife and all members of Uyo Field Council among others.
The annual conference which took place at the University of Uyo Town Campus has at his theme – “Utilizing Educational Instrument for Nigeria’s National Development”. Keynote Speaker was Prof. Antiabong Ekong of the University of Uyo while the Lead Paper Presenter was Prof. Patrick Egbule of Delta State University.
It could be recalled that George was recently honoured in Lagos by the National leadership of The Apostolic Church Nigeria as the Hero of Faith.