Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has asked the opposition parties to sheath their swords and work for the development of the state.
Governor Udom condemned the spate of blackmails and hate media campaigns by certain opposition elements against his government, stating that it is a “clog in the wheel of our progress as a people.”
The Governor said this on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, while celebrating the second anniversary of his administration, wondered why people were still engaging in campaigns of falsehood, hatred and blackmail even two years after election had been won and lost since 2015?
Governor Emmanuel also said the false reports that are being spread by the opposition against him will not help the state grow.
He said it was not time for “anger, the resentment, the bitterness, and the desire for recrimination against people,” explaining that “this can only deaden our spirit and lead to self-inflicted wounds.”
According to him, “Instead of being professionals in the profitless business of pulling others down, let us all be experts in the lucrative business of forgiveness.
“This is not the time for anger, resentment, bitterness and the desire for recrimination against the people. These can only deaden our spirit and lead to self-inflicted wounds.”
Governor Udom Emmanuel also described the negative reports about him as a clog in the wheel of progress.
He attributed the milestones of his administration’s success since 2015 to the spirit of God saying “it is not by our power or by our might.”
Dedicating the gains of the last two years to the people of the state, Emmanuel asserted that, “our victory remains your victory and our mandate shall continue to be your mandate, and we remain committed to impacting your lives and bringing meaningful developments that will help change your circumstance.”
Emmanuel, who congratulated the president and all Nigerians on the 18 years of democracy in Nigeria after several years of military rule and truncated starts, maintained that it is the collective responsibility of all to make the best out of the opportunity.
In his words, “democratic values, traditions and culture have been embraced and internalized by Nigerians and that’s a great and wonderful thing worthy of celebrating, which is what we are doing today.”
While eulogizing the moral rebirth programme of his government, the Dakkada philosophy, he explained that “we encouraged our people… to come out of the cocoon of self-pity and burst forth to claim the faith of greatness which God almighty has endowed us all, with.”