The Akwa Ibom State Government has pledged to do all in her powers to see to the eradication of cultism in Secondary Schools in the State.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who reiterated government’s commitments towards exterminating the menace of cultism in the state, called on parents to join in the fight to correct the ills in the society.
The Governor stated this during a special thanksgiving service to mark the retirement of the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Godwin Abraham, held on Sunday at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Dominion Mega Parish Akwa Ibom Province 1 Headquarters, Ibesikpo Asutan local government area.
Governor Emmanuel who acknowledged the success of the Chief Judge during his service to the State, pointed out that every man who serves God will not go unrewarded. He urged parents to model a Christ-like life based on morality and values to their children as part of efforts to reduce cult activities in the society.
”Today is the thanksgiving of my lord the Chief Judge and his entire family, that is why I sang that song ‘It pays to serve Jesus’, you heard his testimony, how he got born again…How I wish I can send him to Uyo High School to help me talk to those students that cultism is absolutely rubbish.
“I am sure in our days we didn’t hear cultism in Secondary School, but these days in Secondary Schools and if case is not taken, Primary Schools, it is absolute rubbish and we need to kill that monster in our state, else those who are cheering it now will regret it.
“It is the task of everybody, parents and guardians to join to fight that monster. Anywhere God has a promise the devil will always drop something so that the promise will not be fulfilled, I want to believe the devil not drop that in our land,” he said.
He described his working relationship with the Chief Judge as cordial, noting that his contributions towards building the State were exemplary and commended him for returning to God in a thanksgiving service thereby unleashing the blessings of thanksgiving and appreciation to God upon his family.
The Governor enjoined Christians to pray for the progress of the country, positing that the solution of the country lies in the Church, only if Christians will rise to their responsibility of prayers and intercession for the nation.
On his part, the retiring Akwa Ibom State Chief Judge, Justice Godwin Abraham, narrated his experience on the Bench and recounted with nostalgia, his assumption of duties in the Judiciary as Magistrate II in September 1987 and subsequent elevation to the position of chief adjudicator.
Justice Abraham described his success story as an act of God, maintaining that in the midst of challenges, he had witnessed God’s favour and interventions when it mattered most.