Cross Riverians and other Nigerians have been called upon to give Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State the chance by supporting his administration to complete the signature and other laudable projects in the state.
The Archbishop of the Calabar Metropolitan Archdiocese, His Grace Most Rev. Joseph E. Ekuwem made the call at the occasion of the Inter-denominational Christian religious worship to mark the 2017 Armed Forces remembrance week held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Egerton Street Calabar on Sunday.
Ekuwem, who reviewed the messages contained in the first reading from the book of Isaiah 60:1-6 and the second reading from Ephesians3:2-3A, 5-6, while delivering his homily called on Cross Riverians to give their total support to the administration Senator Ben Ayade to ensure that the super highway and the Bakassi deep seaport as well as other laudable projects are completed for the overall interest of the people of Cross River State and Nigeria.
The Chief celebrant, His Grace, Most Rev. Ekuwem said that there is need for the people of Cross River to give Governor Ayade the chance to forge ahead with his laudable projects that are meant to transform the economic status of the state and provide the people with opportunities to live better lives.
He explained that the Armed Forces Remembrance Week is a special week which the Government and the people of Nigeria set aside to honor and remember our brothers and sisters who lost their lives fighting for peace in our country and in the world beginning from the two world wars, the Nigerian civil war, the various peace keeping mission sin the world including the Boko haram insurgency, militancy and other conflicts within the country.
The Archbishop said that it is just natural and necessary that we not only honour our departed heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice for peace but to ensure that we provide and care for the family members they left behind which is in agreement with the Christian religion tenets and precepts.
The man of God revealed that it is natural that the righteous who are being led by a righteous government shall individually and collectively prosper, maintaining that it is proper to devote some time and resources towards the welfare of the less privileged in the society as did Mother Teresa.
Most Rev. Ekuwem stressed the need for the people to live righteously and that as baptized Christians, they are given various gifts from God to enable them function properly and to engage on activities that are of great benefit to themselves, families, the society, nation and mankind as a whole.
Speaking, the Governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade explained that the essence of Armed Forces Remembrance Week and the Inter-denominational Christian Religious Worship and the Muslim worship held on Friday are meant to remember those who sacrificed their lives and even those of their families for peace in Nigeria and all over the world.
He explained that a time such as this is set aside to pray for the repose of the souls of all those who paid the supreme sacrifice during the two world wars, the Nigerian Civil War, the peace mission all over the world, the Boko haram insurgency in the north, militancy in the south and other civil conflicts.
Ayade, represented by his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, also stated that the week was set aside for Nigerians to think about the families left behind by those who had paid the supreme sacrifice for peace in our country and in the world, stressing the importance of supporting the families both in prayers and to practically support them carry on with lives and to meet the daily challenges of existence through generous contributions towards their welfare.
The Governor who took the first reading from the Bible book of Isaiah 60:1-6 prayed that God should continue to sustain the families of the past heroes through the generous contributions/donations of Nigerians as well as peace and stability of our nation Nigeria.
The occasion was also attended by Agbor, the Chief of Staff, Hon. Martin Orim, The Head of Service, Barr. Ekpenyong Henshaw, the Ambassadors of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, traditional rulers, top government officials, appointees of government, members of the Armed Forces, the Nigerian Legion and the general public.