2015 general elections will make Nigerians more united - Akpabio

By The Citizen

Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom on Friday said that the 2015 general elections would make the country more united than ever.

Akpabio stated this during the 2015 Akwa Ibom Solemn Assembly and Thanksgiving Interdenominational service at the Ibom Hall in Uyo.

He said that the upcoming general polls would not split the country as Nigerians were becoming more patriotic and yearning for good governance.

The theme of the Solemn Assembly is 'It is a Good Thing to Give Thanks unto the Lord'. The governor maintained that the God who brought the country together did not make a mistake.

He warned those making inciting statements ahead of the forthcoming general elections to desist from such so that they would not incur the wrath of God. 'I plead with Nigerians to seek peace and love one another according to the dictates of the Almighty God.

'The best solution to peace and coexistence in the country is the re-election of Dr Goodluck Jonathan as the President in the coming election. 'It is not the southerners that would re-elect Jonathan but the whole country; that is why we have a northerner and a Muslim as the Vice President in the person of Arch. Namadi Sambo.

'This shows that it has nothing to do with ethnic or religious affiliations but the will of God,' he said. On a valedictory note, Akpabio expressed optimism that his successor would continue with the yearly ritual of taking the state to God in the beginning of every year to keep the state in accordance with the word of God.

Earlier in his homily, Archbishop Emmanuel Udofia of Methodist Church, Uyo, said that any society that opened its selves to corruption and evil vices would face the judgment of God.

On the topic 'Preservation for the future'', Udofia said that God was looking for leaders who would know what to do and are willing to do them, adding that Akpabio has listened to God and has upgraded lives the people of the state within his tenure. He thanked God for using Akpabio to bless the state within the last eight years, noting that his achievements were too many to be mentioned. Agency report