Emmanuel Laments As Disunity Clogs A’Ibom Development At 34

Emmanuel Laments As Disunity Clogs A’Ibom Development At 34

By Iniobong Sunday, Uyo

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has taken time out of the ongoing celebration marking the 34 years of the state creation by former military leader, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), to appraise the evolution of the state and its people, saying the state would have done better.

Addressing residents in a state-wide broadcast in Uyo, the state capital on Thursday, Emmanuel, who praised the efforts of the founding fathers for their commitment to developing the state, expressed regrets that some anti-social elements were hell bent on reversing the trends of development over the years.

Emmanuel, who has superintended over the oil-rich state in the last six years, lamented that the forces of ethnicity and hatred wrapped in political garb, have pushed the conundrum  of disunity to the zenith, thereby impinging negatively on the development process laid over the years by the founding fathers.

“As successful in moving our state forward as we may have been in the last 34 years; as glittering as the chapters of development may have been chronicled; as blessed as we as a people may have been, there is still a nagging problem that tucks in the heart of who we are.

“The gulf of disunity that appears to be widening, and this has compelled me to ask this pertinent and fundamental question: Are we united and cohesive as our forefathers envisioned? Do we envelop or knit ourselves in the garment of unity and brotherhood?

“Are we conscious of our unique identity, the defining elements of our common heritage?”, Emmanuel queried, and stressed the need for forgiveness for all hands to be on the deck as the state continue to grapple with the challenges of development.

He wondered why destructive tendencies of pulling others down should be the order of the day and urged the people to shun primordial sentiments and be in the vanguard of taking the state to loftier heights.