Nigerians have been asked to allow Christmas to engender a greater spirit of unity among one another. Governor Godswill O. Akpabio, who gave the advice in his Christmas message in a radio and television broadcast to Akwa Ibom people said ‘’We must let this season engender in us a greater spirit of unity’’.
‘’His message strengthens our hope in God as a people, gives us the assurance of divine mercies in our journey as state and binds us together in brotherhood. To honour him, we must make this season, one of love and generosity. We must let this season be a time for sharing the love of God with our brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends’’, he stated.
According to him, ‘’Today, we celebrate a story, which is historic, beautiful and simple. The story of a child, who was born in the field, because there was no room for Him at the inn; but His message of love and salvation has become the freedom anthem of mankind and a clarion call for us to love one another. His story has also become the centre-point of human history’’.
The Governor said as the year draws to a close, the people should count their blessings and thank God for everything, noting ‘’As a people and state, we have moved from the fringes of national life to the centre of national attention. We have run a good race in terms of infrastructural development, human capacity building, economic growth and educational advancement and health-care services’’.
He thanked Akwa Ibom people for the kind sentiments they expressed during his 50th birthday celebration, acknowledging ‘’We set out to change Akwa Ibom State, but it looks like we are changing Nigeria.” The tidal wave off development that we have unleashed upon our state has caught the imagination of the nation. Our state has become the destination of choice for conferences in Nigeria and the Gilgal of our nation’’.