Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has urged Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to draw strength and courage from God’s word at difficult and challenging times.
Governor Ikpeazu said this on Monday, at the Uyo Government House when he paid a condolence visit to the Governor and the people of Akwa Ibom State on the death of four of their very prominent sons, who died within the first month of this year.
The Abia Governor described the deaths of those men in quick succession as very sad and disturbing, especially considering the fact that they were men with lots of experience who had served and were still rendering service to the people of Akwa Ibom State.
Former Military Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (Rtd), who also served as the Director-General of the Campaign Organization of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the 2015 and 2019 elections, former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Nsikak Eduok (Rtd), the State Chairman of the PDP, Hon Udo Ekpeyong and the State Commissioner for Lands, Arc. Ime Ekpo all died within the month of January 2021.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed his personal condolences and those of the entire government and people of Abia State to Governor Emmanuel and prayed God to console the families of these deceased men.
The Governor used the opportunity also, to appreciate Governor Emmanuel for the solid infrastructure he is providing for his people and the various job opportunities he has consistently opened for his people.
Responding, Governor Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State welcomed Governor Ikpeazu and his entourage to Akwa Ibom State, saying that the visit has brought huge comfort and strength to him.
He described Governor Ikpeazu as a close personal friend of his, with whom he shares a lot in common, even outside the confines of politics and governance.
He described the death of those men as most devastating and almost inexplicable but that as Christians, we must continue to turn to God’s word for support at times like this.
Governor Emmanuel also invited Governor Ikpeazu to the funeral of the Late Air Commodore Nkanga this weekend.
Governor Ikpeazu was accompanied on the visit by the Executive Chairman of Obingwa Local Government Area, Hon. Micheal Ibe Nwoke and the President of the Goodseed Group, Elder Raymond Aliga.