By Emmanuel Sampson
As part of his selfless service to humanity, the international president of Mboho Akparawa Ibibio, Akparawa (Obong) Patrick Udofia who doubles as SSA to governor Udom Emmanuel on socio cultural activities in the spirit of the season extended his kind gesture to his home base.
Akparawa Udofia in his welcome address, said he decided to merry with his people this yuletide having consider the massive support they gave to Gov. Udom during the last election and to appreciate God for the faithfulness shown to his family. The celebration which features distribution of rice, meat and wrappers to the women across all political parties in Northern Oman ward 1, bringing their eminent sons and daughters into one roof.
The number one youth in Ibibio race, said throughout his 35 years in service, he never spend a year during Christmas outside his community, attributing this gesture to his love for humanity. According to him ” I felt God has bless me so well, so it doesn’t take anything from me to put smiles on their faces and make them feel a sense of belonging, where i worked, i always received my Christmas bonus so i feel i should share with my people, this is the 10 edition of this celebration “
Speaking further, Akparawa Udofia pointed out that the celebration is not link to any political aspiration. He also explained that when he joined Mboho in 1991, he had no intention of becoming the president but as God would have it, he has rose to become the president.
In addition, Akparawa Udofia revealed that when he initiated the get to-gether, he didn’t know he was touching lives and attracting God’s blessings indirectly. He has used the occasion to called on Akwa Ibom Indigenes in diaspora to identified with their people by sharing the little they have to foster peace, love and unity.
More so, the MMI boss, said since he assumed office as the president, he had always celebrate with members of the organization at the end of every year to renew the bond of friendship among members. Expressed satisfaction with the leadership style and proficiency of governor Udom Emmanuel in his few years of his administration while commending him on the 21 story building situated in Udo Udoma Avenue, which according to him will play host to most of the oil multi nationals.
On their part, the woman leader Mrs. Eno Ita and the ward youth leader Comr. Ubong Luke poured encomium on akparawa Udofia kind gesture, saying that his a God sent to Ikot Obio Inyang community, describing his magnanimity as unprecedented. He described Akparawa Udofia as a leader who understands how to carry his people along, prayed for sustainability of the Christmas celebration. Many beneficiaries expressed their joy through songs rendition, dancing and prayers .