A SPEECH PRESENTED BY MOSES ESSIEN, FORMER COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION, YOUTHS & SPORTS, AKWA IBOM STATE ON THE OCCASION OF THE BREAKFAST MEETING ORGANIZED FOR HIS LORDSHIPS / HEADS OF CHURCHES IN AKWA IBOM STATE TODAY JULY 20, 2006 AT DE-CASTLE LUXURY HOME, UYO.
Good morning your Lordships. It is with gratitude and honour to GOD, that I consider my humble self very privileged to stand before you this morning. It is an honour to GOD that you have come out of your various homes and locations to attend this breakfast meeting today. I pray that as you have honoured GOD, HE will also continue to honour you in JESUS name.
I have been led by the Spirit of GOD to most respectfully invite all of you, your Lordships to this breakfast meeting, first in your capacities as GOD'S representatives, secondly, because you constitute that special category of leaders who out of necessity have chosen to labour and travail in silence for the peace and prosperity of our land and thirdly because you are the Spiritual Landlords of Akwa Ibom State.
I have often said wherever issues of related significance such as this arise, that the office of the Bishop, Prophet, Pastor, Apostle, Reverend, Evangelist, Deacon and Teachers of the gospel of our LORD JESUS CHRIST constitute the highest offices on the planet.
It is in recognition of this sacred and exalted position which you are privileged to occupy, before GOD and man that your Lordships have become the first category of leaders and human group that I have identified to meet with on the issues of life before us today.
I discovered that there are three (3) important institutions through which GOD rules in the affairs of men. The first is the family, spearheaded by the union of man and wife, the second is the church, spearheaded by the union of JESUS CHRIST and his followers (we in this case) and thirdly the State, spearheaded by the union of Government and the citizenry.
Your Lordships will agree with me that today the institution of the family and the institution of the Government have come under severe attack of the devil and its agents of darkness and at the receiving end of all these attacks is the CHURCH, where both the family and the Government have continued to run to for divine intervention.
Interrelated as these three institutions may appear to be, your Lordships will permit me for the purpose of this meeting to restrict my focus to the institution of the church represented by your Lordships and the State represented by the Government.
The issues of life that is before all of us today, is with particular reference to the prayers of the church, for divine intervention in the Government of Akwa Ibom State, specifically as it relates to the year 2007 elections, which is not very far away from now.
Your Lordships will recall that you individually received and obeyed the call of GOD upon your lives and are serving the LORD on the pulpit today either because your Lordships heard the LORD speak expressly to you individually or were moved by conviction into the Ministry. It could even have been that your Lordships received the call of GOD for the Ministry through the revelation of GOD or a combination of all these divine leadings.
Similarly, I am standing before your Lordships, as fathers and leaders who you all are, to say with all amount of humility that I have received the call of GOD to serve in the Government of Akwa Ibom State.
Consequently, I have the singular honour and privilege to notify your Lordships of my aspiration to contest for the Office of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State come 2007. I have no doubt in my mind about winning the 2007 Governorship election by the special grace of GOD Almighty coupled with your support and prayers so that GOD will be glorified in the land.
Having made this declaration before GOD and your Lordships, I want to say without fear of contradiction that the church of the Living GOD is taking over the affairs of the Akwa Ibom State Government, come 2007. And the responsibility to fulfill the divine purpose and plan of GOD for the liberation of the land rests squarely on the shoulders of your Lordships with my humble self as your representative. We cannot afford to shy away from what GOD expects of us in the land, more so because we prayed for it.
I have a comprehensive plan of action as contained in my political blueprint for Akwa Ibom State. This may not be the forum to lay them out, but suffice it to highlight a few such as; free, qualitative and compulsory education, guaranteed food security, adequate housing facilities, multiple industrial establishments, multi-city development programme, guaranteed energy supply and all other programmes already initiated by the present government of Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah to mention but a few.
With this understanding, your Lordships, I have no option at this juncture but to ask for something that is in your powers to give as GOD's representatives in the land.
The Bible tells me that he who honours GOD, him will GOD honour and he who despises GOD him also will GOD despise. Because this meeting was called first in honour to GOD and also to you as His representatives and because when you received the call of GOD upon your individual lives you were prayed for by those superior to you at the time, I am in submission asking your Lordships as Spiritual fathers of the land to kindly offer prayers onto GOD in appreciation of what GOD has begun to do in the church in Akwa Ibom State, that will surely come to fruition in the year 2007, using me as the instrument for Akwa Ibom State leadership and your Lordships as guides to the glory of GOD.
Thank you, and may GOD bless us and our dear State in JESUS name.
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Governorship Aspirant for Akwa Ibom State.
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