…As African Church Condoles with Udom, Akwa Ibom over death of elder statesmen
The duo of the Commissioner for Trade and Investments, Prince Ukpong Akpabio and the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Emmanuel on Brand Marketing, Mr. Ime Uwah has called on members of the public to practice advanced adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
The personalities stated this when they graced the annual Thanksgiving and Redemption Service of the African Church, Uyo Cathedral Diocese on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
Expressing deep worry about the rising death and infection toll triggered by the pandemic, Prince Akpabio made a case for strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols to forestall more harm on the Akwa Ibom populace, while warning that the health crisis is not a disease of the rich and mighty, as held in some quarters.
Akpabio who doubles as the Patron of the Church charged that it is required of true Christians to be law abiding and complaint to governing rules without any iota of disobedience, to avoid being seen as rebels and law-breakers.
Stressing that those who choose to disregard the laid-down guidelines should be made to stay at home, the Commissioner advised the congregants to take a cue from leaders across board and become models themselves.
“You must be a light to all nation by wearing your face masks and complying with all covid-19 protocols. You must shine the light of these protocols to all people, make them comply, teach them to obey the Government on the guidelines, so that we can all stay alive to witness the second coming to Christ”, he said.
“If wearing face mask is too difficult, people should stay at home to avoid contracting and spreading Covid-19. If the President, Governor, World Leaders, our Bishop and a whole lot of persons are putting on facemasks, who am I? If wearing facemasks and complying with other guidelines is too difficult, please stay at home, so that you don’t contract the disease and even spread it”, he preached.
Towing the line of the Commissioner, the SSA, Brand and Marketing, Mr. Ime Uwah harped on the need to adhere strictly to the safety precautions on COVID-19 for the growth and progress of the State.
Himself the Grand Patron of the Church, Uwah called for prayers from the Christians for the healing of the land and healing of the nation.
In his response, the Diocesan Bishop of the Cathedral, Rt. Rev. Abraham T. Chia appreciated the guests for deeming it fit to bring the health awareness message to them.
He noted that the effect of the global pandemic in the state was a huge test of the faith and courage of Governor Udom Emmanuel, adding that trying times were characteristic of every progress-bound leader.
The Bishop on behalf of the church condoled with Governor Emmanuel and people of Akwa Ibom State over the loss of its prominent sons to the global pandemic, while urging the deceased families to stay strong, and resilient.
The event which featured a session of prayers for Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria also saw the swearing-in of Diocesan newly-elected officers and rededication of the Diocese to God.