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Gov. Eno Leads A’Ibom Dignitaries To Celebrate Chief Nduese Essien At 80

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has felicitated the political leader of Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial District, Chief Nduese Essien, on his 80th birthday.

Speaking during a special Thanksgiving service in honour of the elder statesman at Qua Iboe Church, Ikot Ibiok, Eket Local Government Area, Governor Eno lauded the sincerity of Chief Essien, which, he said, has been exhibited in his commitment to providing responsible leadership for his people and honest advice to leadership.

Gov Umo Eno

The governor described the roles played by the former Federal Legislator and Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development in successive administrations in the state as fatherly. He thanked him for supporting his governorship ambition through all the processes that led to his emergence as governor.

In his words, “We are here today to thank God for our father, a very sincere man. He will tell you his mind; whether you are right or wrong, he will tell you how he feels. That’s the part I like about our father. So I have great respect for our father, Chief Nduese Essien.

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Chief Nduese Essien

“When the announcement came, I declared my intention to run; he was there for me; he gave me all the support; and so, sir, we thank God for you and pray that God will continue to keep you strong and available for this nation, this state, and our community. Now that I am a governor, please don’t retire because we still need the wisdom of the elders,” he said.

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The immediate past governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, also praised the elder statesman while reflecting on his days as governor and described him as a dependable source of honest counsel and a man worth celebrating in his lifetime.

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Chief Nduese Essien and Wife, Ekaette

In his Thanksgiving speech, Chief Nduese Essien, in the company of his wife, Ekaette, described his 80th birthday as significant, being the first time he has celebrated.

He thanked God for preserving him through the many hurdles of life, especially his miraculous survival of a heart surgery that almost took his life, and thanked the people for their show of love towards him.

Chief Nduese Essien particularly thanked Governor Umo Eno for making time to be part of the celebration and for fulfilling his heart’s desire for a governor who will see his election to office as an opportunity to serve the people rather than to amass wealth and fight perceived political enemies.

He also thanked former governors Victor Attah, Godswill Akpabio, and Udom Emmanuel for their indelible contributions to his political journey as representative of Eket Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, his appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic, and their support through his heart ailment.

In an exhortation titled “The Favour and Mercy of God,” culled from Psalm 139:13–18, the General Superintendent and Chairman of the Conference of Qua Iboe Church, Rev. Ekpedeme Effanga, said it was of utmost importance for men who are favoured with long life and success to take a cue from Chief Nduese Essien in acknowledging the mercy of God as the sustaining power for all their attainments.

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