The youngsters of the African Church, Akwa Ibom State chapter, have stated their intention to vote for competent leaders in the upcoming elections.
They went on to say that they would no longer sit on the sidelines and allow unbelievers to install people of aggressive and dubious character who could return the state to the days of terror and politically motivated killings.
Speaking at the Church’s New Year Solemn Assembly, Prince Enobong Oku, the provincial youth president, recalled how a member of the church was murdered inside the church during the previous administration and urged members to take control of their destiny by voting for any candidate who preaches peace and is known to be God-fearing.
According to him, “The church cannot afford to go back to the era of intimidations and terror. In tune with the season which places on us the responsibility of facilitating good governance through our involvement in political activities, I charge all the youths and the church as a whole to join the trend and not sit on the fence.
“In the previous administration, a member of the African Church was gruesomely murdered in church. It is against this backdrop that we unanimously state that the church does not want to go back to those dark days of politically-motivated killings. Therefore, the youth of The African Church have resolved to support the succession plan of the governor for the peace we are enjoying presently to be sustained.
“The biggest blessing God has given to the church in Akwa Ibom is peace, and we will protect it by all means.”
In his homily earlier, the former Primate of the Church, Most Rev. Emmanuel Udofia, urged Christians, particularly those in politics, not to be discouraged by criticisms and attacks, saying that if a Christian is part of God’s plan to save mankind, he will face persecutions, just as the Apostles of Christ did.
He said, “If you make yourself available to serve the people, be ready to face persecutions, be ready to face obstacles but have this at the back of your mind, if you are in plans of the Almighty God, you will surely come out victorious. Anyone on the right path to fulfill God’s purpose is bound to face opposition.”
In his speech, one of the state’s gubernatorial candidates, Pastor Umo Eno, asked people to collect their PVCs and vote for a respectable candidate.
He stated that the premeditated attempts to distract him with frivolous lawsuits, combined with the Akwa Ibom people’s backing, had made him resolved to win the election and serve the state with all his heart and “righteous wrath.”
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