Uyo - Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom on Sunday
fixed Jan. 2, 2013 for general prayers among the pupulace, to dedicate
the state unto God for the 2013 new year. Akpabio announced this at the
Living Faith Church (Winners
Chapel), Uyo, during a thanksgiving service organised for the state
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Paul Ekpo.
governor said the entire state would gather at the Ibom Hall Ground in
Uyo to dedicate the state and his administration
to God, adding that “with God all things are possible”. He stated that
there was a great need to thank God in Akwa Ibom for His faithfulness to
the people of the state.
He said that the recovery of the PDP
state chairman from sickness after six months
of being bedridden in Germany called for thanksgiving unto God. "For
him to be alive today is a great lesson that we must always hold unto
God. For our life is in the hands of God and no man can tamper with it.
“This thanksgiving today is not only for the
state PDP chairman but is for all of us, because we are all alive to
see today and for Akwa Ibom State because of the great things that are
happening here,” Akpabio said. The governor, who described the PDP
chairman as a winner for being alive, urged him to
remain faithful to God at all times.
Earlier, the PDP Chairman, Ekpo,
expressed gratitude to God for his life and Gov. Akpabio who sponsored
his treatment overseas. "If God had not been with me, the devil would
have taken my life,” Ekpo said. Ekpo said he
had forgiven all those who peddled rumour that he was dead while
undergoing treatment in Germany. The resident Pastor of Living Faith
Church in Uyo, Joseph Ajibade, who preached on the theme "The mystery of
the sacrifice Of Christ", said thanksgiving was
a commandment from God.
Ajibade explained that God desired thanksgiving
from man, as the beneficiary of God’s mercies. He said the sacrifice of
thanksgiving was a gateway for lasting breakthrough and fulfilment in
life, stressing that the people must always
thank God for His blessings.
The pastor urged Christians to give God
sacrificial thanksgiving, explaining that it meant celebrating God in
the midst of impossible cases and challenges.