The governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Prof Gregory Ibe, has felicitated people of the state in commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the creation of the state.
It will be recalled that Abia tagged “God’s Own State”, was created by the regime of Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1991.
Speaking while participating virtually as a guest on a radio programme monitored in Umuahia recently, Prof Ibe recalled with nostalgia the patriotic jubilation that heralded the declaration of the segregation of Abia from the old Imo state by the then Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida on 27 August 1991.
“I recall with nostalgia that it was the year 1991 and there was a lot of jubilation and rejoicing when the then Head of State Gen. Ibrahim Babangida announced the creation of Abia State on 27th August. It was such heart cheering news that immediately stimulated patriotic hope in everyone that hailed from the Abia divide and envy from others.
“As a young man in my twenties then, it was a symbolic year for me because God had so blessed my endeavors early in life that I decided to establish Gregory Iyke Foundation that very year, as a platform to execute social intervention programmes in the spirit of giving back to the society”, he declared.
Answering a question, Ibe contended that the state has so far experienced seasons of stunted growth in critical sectors of development because of visionless leadership.
According to him the low level of infrastructural development in the state does not corroborate the age of the state, insisting that “Abia doesn’t look like a thirty one year old entity”.
In his words,” It is however unfortunate that Abia has so far experienced stunted growth due largely to bad and visionless leadership. One only needs to consider the level of social and infrastructural development in a younger state like Ebonyi to realize that Abia doesn’t look like a thirty one year-old entity”.
Prof Ibe subsequently enjoined Abians to vote for only credible, competent and vastly experienced candidates in the 2023 general elections. He promised to champion the emergence of a new Abia with limitless possibilities if elected governor.
The APGA governorship candidate therefore encouraged Ndi Abia to keep hope alive by praying and working for the emergence of “the Abia of our collective aspiration”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.