By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent
The rendering of service to humanity with the fear of God by leaders in various capacities has been described as the essence of true leadership while leaders have also been charged to deliver on their promises as materialism is only momentary.
Cross River governor, Benedict Ayade gave this charge today while addressing a church congregation at Achara community in Obowo local government area of Imo state during the burial service of his in-law Mrs. Fidelia Iheakunebi.
Ayade who spoke in Ibo and English described his late in law as an angel upon learning she swept the church every Wednesday for over 20 years. He also said her peaceful calling by God while sleeping was the reward for the fear of God reminding all present about the need to fear God.
“In all the powers, energy and wealth we have, it means nothing at the end. For those who are in the position to serve humanity, let them serve with the fear of God, because at the end of time, all those materialism means nothing; it is your soul that God needs” he said.
Furthermore on governance, Ayade maintained that “It is for this reason God has given the opportunity for the son of a very low man to rise to a position which is the zenith in a society to create a new philosophy in governance that will create generational wealth that will stamp out poverty in Africa and bring prosperity to everybody”.
The late Fidelia according to a biography read by her grandson, Precious Uwakwe was born in 1931 and died on June 16, 2015 at 84. She was a petty trader who lost her husband shortly after the Nigerian Civil War. She is survived by 4 surviving children out of 7 among which one is the husband to Governor Ayade’s elder sister, Rosemary Uwakwe.
The event had in attendance, the senator representing Okigwe senatorial zone of Imo state, Senator Athan Achonu, the Chief of the community, Eze Ken Nnaji among others.
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