Okon Bassey in Uyo
As Akwa Ibom State clocked 29 years of its creation on Friday, the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has called on indigenes to drop all tendencies that could fuel ethnicity, divisiveness and hatred because of political alignments, but to unite to build a prosperous state.
Akwa Ibom and Katsina States were created on September 23, 1987 by the then Head of State, Ibrahim Babaginda.
In a state broadcast to mark the creation of the state, Governor Emmanuel urged all indigenes to be emotionally invested in the Akwa Ibom Project and strive to make the state better for the next generation.
“To those who still wallow in the valley of ethnicity, divisiveness, hatred or those who still appeal to the worst impulses in our people, or exploit such fears to score political points, I urge them to forswear those tendencies and buy into the new Akwa Ibom State which is like a city in the hill – inviting and beguiling”.