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.
The 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.
The governor 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. (NAN)