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2023: We’ve Not Endorsed Any Governorship Candidate- Fathers of Faith

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By Ndikpongke Thomas

The Spiritual Fathers’ Forum also known as Fathers of Faith in Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, denied supporting the Governorship bid of any aspirant for the 2023 Governorship election.

The Chairman of the Forum, His Eminence Mbang(CON) and Co-Chairmen, Prelate Isaiah Isong and Rev. Ossom of the Qua Iboe Church stated that the forum is for members who are seventy years and above and young spiritual leaders of notable and prominent churches in Akwa Ibom State.

According to the fathers, the forum was formed in order to boost the quality of Christian leadership in the state, resolve conflict amongst leaders and churches or members in churches, Interact with traditional rulers to foster peace, unity, and harmony in the state.

“Serving as a platform for old and young gospel ministers to interact on biblical, moral, and ethical issues, supporting the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Akwa Ibom State branch to express views and opinions on religious matters that will enhance unity and harmonious co-existence in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria, organising and holding seminars, conferences, symposia, lawful and peaceful public meetings on any topic relevant to the objective of the forum.

“Interacting with security agencies for better service delivery in the state, Sensitisation of the youths on Christian ethics and values, consulting key stakeholders of the state to adopt measures that will further strengthen development within the state”, he said.

Mbang also pointed out that over 13 aspirants for different political offices had approached him, He advised them to join Governor Udom Emmanuel, The fathers of faith, and well-meaning citizens of Akwa Ibom State to publicly condemn cultism and occultism preferably on a national daily.

This has damped the future of our youth, outlining the case of a popular secondary school in Uyo where some students threatened to kill the principal and the entire family.

The fathers added “We would like to dismiss rumours circulating in the state that Akwa Ibom State spiritual fathers forum/fathers of faith have a preferred governship candidate. This is FALSE. On the contrary, fathers of faith that was recently formed have been praying conscientiously and would also work conscientiously to ensure that the people of the state elect a credible honest Christian citizen with good leadership qualities, human sympathy, personal probity and who is economically vested as of the Governor of the state, come 2023. The same holds for those who must represent us in the various legislatures of our Local Government administrations”.

However, the fathers commended the leadership of the state, Governor Udom Emmanuel for being a committed soldier in regards to peace and progress brought to all sectors of Akwa Ibom State and asked God to bless the Governor and first lady and guide them through the delivery on their completion agenda.

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Lady Arrested for Butchering Boyfriend in Uyo Because of Mercedes-Benz 4Matic (Viewers Discretion, Please)

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An Uyo based lady has been arrested by men of the Nigerian Police Force for killing her boyfriend and escaping with his Mercedes Benz 4matic and the car papers.

The victim identified as Chukwuemeka, according to a journalist Comrade Vincent Aluu, is the only son of the parents and was an importer of goods. All efforts made by his business associates to reach the decease to come and clear his consignments proved abortive and they were forced to look for his whereabout, as such has never happened before. The late Chichwuemeka was later found in his pool of blood inside his bedroom.

Using the vehicle tracker, the accused was traced to a nearby hotel where she went for leisure. According to reports, she is singing like a parrot at Ewet Housing Police Station as you read this!
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INI EMEMOBONG DONATES NEW VEHICLE TO IBIONO IBOM LGA VICE CHAIRMAN TO MARK HIS FIRST ANNIVERSARY AS HON. COMMISSIONER

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In commemoration of first one year in office as member of the State Executive Council, the Hon. Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Com. Ini Ememobong today donated a new Toyota Matrix to the Vice Chairman of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Hon. Nsikanabasi Ukobot to facilitate the smooth discharge of his duties as Vice Chairman of Council.

The presentation which held at his Emmanuel’s Court residence was witnessed by the Member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Godwin Ekpo, Chairman, Ibom Airport Development Company Ltd, Dr. Iniobong Essien, Chairman, Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State College of Science and Technology, Rt. Hon. Ime Okon, COE of Westgate Group, Mr. Churchhill Udoh, and others dignitaries.

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GOV. EMMANUEL ADVOCATES RESPONSIBLE PARENTING AS BEDROCK OF PEACE

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Governor Udom Emmanuel says responsible parental care remains the bedrock of peace and orderliness, and reduces conflicts and needless crises in the society.

Governor Emmanuel made this known during a family thanksgiving service of Dr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Adiakpan, Permanent Secretary Government House, on Saturday at St. Paul’s Cathedral, The African Church, Ibibio South Diocese, Afaha Ubium, ONNA Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.

The governor said parental care is the foundation of good moral behavior, attitude and character that refines children and make them add value to the society, pointing out that proper discipline given to children in love with a view of correcting them should not be misinterpreted for abuse.

‘’There are simply things we take for granted and the reason we are having problems all over the world is that parents are no more parents, it doesn’t just end in having a child. The Bible says that you must train up a child in the way that he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

“If you neglect them, government and everyone will suffer for it including the parents that did not train these children. Education is enough but without parental care, a child could be lost in school.

*I really want to appreciate families that take care of their children because it reduces the burden on the society and makes the society much better”.

The State Chief Executive Officer advised critics from demarketing the State by inciting comments inimical to the development of the State, assuring that his administration is working tirelessly to create and sustain wealth for posterity.

‘’I read in the papers, people abusing me and saying that the governor is going to leave loan debt for the state, me Udom Emmanuel leave loan for which state?

” The state that I am trying to reduce its financial burden, and I am trying to manage resources. If there is something we want to do, we want to leave a positive net earnings for the State.

“If God has endowed me with little knowledge to create money allow me, don’t stand on our way, don’t say what you don’t know, don’t whip up sentiments so that our State can move forward.

“We have a Deep Seaport here, unfortunately our people in Akwa Ibom drove away one of the investors, I am struggling seriously to get another one to come in”.

Governor Emmanuel announced that the State Government will order a new set of 1 million vaccines, advising citizens that Covid-19 is real and they should take advantage of it as well as adhere to safety protocols in order to stay safe.

“Please I want to raise a strong warning, whether you believe it or not, this COVID-19 is real, please, please protect yourself, and don’t take it for granted, simple hygiene can help you a lot.

“We are also ordering new sets of vaccines, don’t mind what they are writing take that vaccine. We are trying, one million vaccines should be coming in, please let people take especially if you know you are above 40 years’’.

The governor described Dr. Nathaniel Adiakpan as a man who acknowledges God and understands the importance of thanksgiving, adding that he is a committed, pleasant and accommodating man who has served diligently.

‘’It is a bad thing when you don’t give thanks, I really want to appreciate the Permanent Secretary, Government House for acknowledging God in his life. I keep saying that people don’t know the dangers of ingratitude. Let me also thank my Permanent Secretary, he is quite right, it is not easy to work with me, for you to walk with me, you must have patience. I have come to find Dr. Nathaniel Adiakpan as a very pleasant Permanent Secretary to work with. I want to appreciate him for finding time to tell God thank you, if there is anybody who fails to thank God then he doesn’t know who God is’’.

Dr. Nathaniel Adiakpan and family during a session of thanksgiving with the theme ‘Great Grace, not by Strength’, reflected on God’s faithfulness upon their family, and expressed appreciation to Governor Emmanuel for the role he played in his success story.

‘’Your Excellency we are grateful to you for honouring us as we thank God, for all the encouragement.

“I thank you for your role in the story of my family, not just for the appointment, but all the things I have come to learn in Government House. I thank God for His Excellency who has managed to tolerate my deficiencies and my inadequacies, I say thank you’’.

Dr. Adiakpan thanked God for giving him a loving wife who has been standing by him and wonderful children who heed to his discipline and instructions.

The Permanent Secretary donated towards the building of a resident pastor’s lodge and also presented a souvenir gift of Obodom, the wooden slit drum to the governor.

In his homily, the Primate of the African Church, Worldwide, His Eminence, Dr. Emmanuel Udofia, preached on the theme, ‘Great Grace, not by Strength.

He culled his text from Eph: 1: 3, Eph: 2: 8, saying that Dr. Adiakpan having experienced God’s love have taken a step to thank Him, and admonished Christians that a life of grace is a life one lives in God.

MEDIA UNIT
GOVT HOUSE, UYO
01/07/21

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