It became a tradition under Governor Godswill Akpabio, for the entire
Akwa Ibom people to come before Almighty God at the beginning
of every year, to thank and commit the affairs of the State to Him.
For Governor Akpabio, creating spiritual atmosphere was a necessity that
could not be overlooked. As such, he used every opportunity to take his
people to God. Occasions like Democracy Day, State Anniversary, the
famous 9,999-Choir Christmas Carol Night, which is spiritual tourism of
sort; the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the Memorial Service
for Akwa Ibom Slain Heroes provided opportunities for the people of the
State to seek God’s intervention in their affairs.
Worthy of mention also is the prayer meeting involving the Governor, his family and members of his cabinet, which was as regular feature in St. John Chaplaincy of the
Government House, every month. Governor Akpabio used such occasions to demonstrate his total belief in the strong presence of God’s hands in the uneasy task of governance. It is
the reason many see the uncommon transformation of his administration
as a direct manifestation of Divine wisdom with which he is imbued.
The high point of the Governor’s demonstration of his religious obligation
was a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, in company with President Goodluck
Jonathan and other state governors, in 2013, where he had the rare
opportunity of praying at the legendary Wailing Wall.