A member of the House of Representatives from Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency, Dr Alex Egbona has urged the people of his constituency to renew their faith in the continued unity of the country.
He also wants the people not to engage in any act that would counter the dreams of the founding fathers of the country, even as Nigeria celebrates 61 years of independence.
Egbona’s advice was contained in a special message to Abi/Yakurr people to mark the 2021 Independence Day celebration.
He also said there was the need for every citizen to take sometime to pray for the country and its leaders, noting that God had always been interested in the affairs of the country.
” Fellow citizens of Abi/Yakurr extraction in Cross River State, today is yet another day to remember how we gained freedom from our task masters, the day we secured independence, the day we took our destiny in our hands.
” As a people, we may not have reached our Eldorado. Nigeria is still work in progress. Our leaders are still work in progress and that being the case, we need to be patient, prayerful and committed to doing the right things until we get them right.
” Let’s always be conscious of this axiom, that nobody will build our country for us. Only you and I can successfully do it.
” Rather than pillory our leaders at every given time, let us be steadfast and immovable, committing ourselves to building a nation that our children will be proud of.
” It is against this background that I encourage all of you, my constituents, not to give up on our country and on Cross River State. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There are better and brighter days ahead for us all.
” As natives of Abi/Yakurr, take a minute of your time today, being a public holiday, to say words of prayers for our governor. He may not have done all that you looked forward to seeing. Let’s be appreciative of the ones he has achieved so far, knowing that your prayers and encouragements will embolden him to do much more than you imagined.
” We owe our leaders our prayers, loyalty and continued support. As your representative in the National Assembly, I will continue to do all that is within my powers, to put smiles on your faces.
” The empowerment programmes so far undertaken by me are part of a deliberate effort to make you financially independent. Many more will come.
” Some of our people have been assisted to gain employment in various agencies of government, others have been trained in various skills and working tools provided. More of this are on the way.
” I had promised to change the narrative if you elected me and I am doing just that. Let us just be patient.”
Egbona gave the assurance that he was working with the federal and state governments to attract the good things of life to his people and urged them to remain peaceful, law abiding and promote anything that would attract development to the area.