Akpabio reiterates commitment to continued peace in Akwa Ibom 

President of the Senate and former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, Saturday, said he would continue to work for the peace and development of Akwa Ibom state.

Akpabio made the promise while speaking at the Thanksgiving Mass held in honour of Minister of Petroleum Resources (Gas), Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, at Our Lady of Mercy Chaplaincy, in Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom state.

A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Senate  President, Jackson Udom, quoted Akpabio as saying “as an elder statesman, my major concern now is to work for the peace and unity of the state and by extension Nigeria.

“I am not interested in any kind of war. I am more interested in bringing development to the state. If there should be any competition amongst us, let it be in the overall interest of our people, like competing for development and life -changing projects for our people.

“If the governor is bringing a project to street or road A, as the President of the Senate, I should be seen working on bringing water or electricity to street or road B. That is the kind of competition I want to see and not unnecessary bickering that brings no good to our people,” he noted.

Speaking further, Akpabio lauded Hon. Ekpo for remembering to thank God after his nomination and swearing-in as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and member of the Federal Executive Council. 

He noted that “we are who and what we are today because God made it possible for it to be so. It is, therefore, imperative that we give thanks always. I thank you for not forgetting the God who made it possible for you to be who you are today.  

“Let me also use this opportunity to once again, thank President Bola Tinubu for supporting an Akwa Ibom son to occupy the number 3 position in the country. It has never happened since the creation of our dear state.”

Speaking at the Thanksgiving Mass, the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Pastor Umo Eno, called on Akwa Ibom people to unite behind any indigene of the state in any position of authority for the benefit of the state.

He also stated his readiness and that of his government to put the state and its people first without any political or religious considerations.