By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
Every state has one reason or the other to remember the inauguration day, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. In Delta State, the Igbo area has never been governor and it came to pass four years ago. Now, this is the first time they tasted second inauguration. To the rest of the state, it is to mark the robust fight to grow the grassroots economy, while others say it as signal for another zone to prepare to take over power.
History has recorded Wednesday, May 29, 2019 as a day President Muhammadu Buhari, his vice, Yemi Osibanjo and 29 governors across the country began a reign that would terminate in the next four years, 2023.
In Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro were sworn in for a second term in office in a colourful inauguration ceremony held at Stephen Keshi Stadium, located along Nnebisi Road, Asaba. They thereafter moved over to Event Center, Okpanam Road still in the state capital, for a non-denominational thanksgiving service, where the governor declared, “We’ve seen the hands of God at work in our state”.
The inauguration/thanksgiving service featured prayers, praise and worship sessions as the state’s chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was fully represented; Deltans from all walks of life were also present and participated.
Ministers of God – both the clergies and gospel artists helped in bringing down the glory of God through prayers, praise/worship, and sermon.
Renowned gospel artistes, Chioma Jesus, Eben, Tim Godfrey Buchi, Travis Green, Mercy Chinwo, Solomon Urete and some indigenous gospel musicians performed at the event which was
attended by former Governor James Ibori, former Deputy Governors of the state, Benjamin Elue and Amos Utuama (SAN), traditional rulers etc.
Speaking at the event, Governor Okowa expressed confidence that the handwork of God would be felt in the state within the next four years and the beyond.
He said his administration recorded successes in its first tenure because, God was in control.
“In the last four years, we have seen the hand of God in our dear state; all that we did were made possible by God; in everything, myself and my family have every reason to thank God and I can confidently say that we have seen the hands of God at work in our state,” he said, adding, “whateever we have been able to achieve was by the grace of God.”
He continued, “today, we are clapping, dancing and singing His praises because of His goodness to us as a state and as a people.”
“Going into the next four years, the Lord has gone ahead of us and following our Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot go wrong,” he emphasised.
The governor thanked traditional rulers in the state for their commitment to the work of God.
He reassured them that as long as the state continue to partner with God, it would be good for them. God, he said, would make the life of every Deltan better by the reason of the gathering.
‘Our Lord God knows what is good for us as a state and as a people and He will do it”, he boasted.
He appealed to all Deltans to recognise God in their homes and in everything just as he urged them to agree to work with the state. The state will rise and God will honour the people, he said.
Earlier in a sermon, Bishop Simeon Okah stated, anyone who build on God shall never fail. He told the people that no government has enough for everyone but that God who has so much would provide for all.
While praying for the governor to succeed, the
bishop prophesied that, “The last tenure of Governor Okowa will be better than the first one; God will not dissappoint the state”.
He prayed God to give the governor more sound people who would share in his vision to work with him, even as he assured that the state would be one of the best states in the country in the next four years.