Akwa Ibom State Governor pastor Umo Eno has planned to constitute Leadership Advisory Council to be dominated by religious leaders in the state.
Speaking at Government House in Uyo during the maiden meeting with religious leaders on Wednesday, Eno announced the appointment of Pastor Ini-ima Umo as Special Assistant on Religious Matters who will interface between the government and religious leaders in the state.
Eno expressed gratitude to religious leaders and the entire Christian Community in the state for their commitment, prayers and support during the electioneering campaigns which resulted in his emergence as governor in the last general elections.
He particularly sued for harmony among the religious leaders and the Christian community adding that as the governor every interest would be accommodated for the attainment of the much desired harmony and realization of the A.R.I.S.E agenda drive of his administration.
Eno observed that the sacrificial role of religious leaders and that of the Christian community were noted as their gestures contributed immensely to his success at the polls.
He disclosed that the meeting was organized as a mark of respect for religious leaders and Christendom in the state describing his victory as a symbolic door opener to Christian leaders and born Christians as they would be encouraged to access positions of leadership in the state.
“This meeting is convened to show respect and to thank all of you for standing with God and supporting the system to ensure our emergence.
“We have come to say thank you and to see how we can work together with the church to ensure that we are door openers through which other born-again Christians can access and come after us. It is our conduct as Christian leaders that will determine and open doors for other Christians to come after us”.
He announced plans to localize this year’s Christmas Carol Festival with innovations, explaining that indigenous gospel artists would be given opportunity to sell their creativity to the world to enable them to excel in line with the A.R.I.S.E agenda of his administration.
Responding on behalf of the Religious leaders, the Senior Pastor of the Believers Assembly Evangelical Nigeria, Prof. Isaiah Isong, expressed gratitude to God for the governor’s success at the polls and appreciated Governor Umo Eno for convening the meeting to create interaction with the Christian community.
He pledged unwavering support of the Christian community to Governor Umo Eno’s administration and wished him a smooth tenure in office.
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Dr Bishop Chris Nyong thanked God for making their dreams come true with the election of Governor Umo Eno as governor of the state, noting that the church had expressed sincere support to Governor Umo Eno during the campaign and attributed the victory to that of the church, saying that his failure would have crumbled the faith of Christians.
He thanked the former Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his confidence and firm support that ensured Governor Umo Eno’s emergence.
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