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Edo @32: Times are tough, but we must never give up hope – Obaseki



Mr. Godwin Obaseki, governor of EDO State, has stated that the country is going through difficult times, with the future appearing dismal amid present socioeconomic issues, but he has advised Nigerians not to lose hope in the country despite the current conditions.

Obaseki made the remarks at an interdenominational thanksgiving ceremony commemorating the Midwest Referendum and Edo State’s 32nd anniversary, which was held at the New Festival Hall, Government House, Benin City, Edo State.

The governor stated that the new Edo Nation’s grandeur was on the verge of transformation in infrastructure, growth, innovation, and inclusivity in order to construct a State where humanity thrives.

“I appreciate all those who made time to come and worship with us at the 60th Mid-West Referendum and the 32nd anniversary of Edo State,” he remarked.

“We are gathered here today to praise and thank God for all He has done for us as a people.” Yes, things are terrible, times are tough, and the future is bleak, but we must thank God because things can only improve with our faith and hope in him.

“I am expected to make some declarations about the state and the glory of the new Edo nation this morning.”

“Dear citizens of Edo State, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,” the governor remarked, quoting Psalms 24:1-2. The people He picked as his heirs, the Earth and everything that is in it, the World and all who live in it, for He formed it on the sea and established it on the waves.”

“Father, you are as close to us as the air we breathe.” May we and our beloved State expand and circle around you, and may light, vitality, and growth fill Edo State.”

“Today marks a pivotal movement in our journey, a sermon to unite us in our collective efforts; the dawn of this new era has revealed a horizon of limitless possibilities,” Obaseki concluded.

“It is both a responsibility and a privilege to seize this opportunity with unwavering zeal.”

“As we stand on the brink of transformation, let us remember the dreams that ignited our hearts and the inspiration that drives our endeavour; we are the architects of our beloved State’s emerging glory.”

“Entrusted with the responsibility of shaping its destiny, the glory of the new Edo rests not only in its infrastructure but also in the faith of its people, who are steadfast in their commitment to progress and unity.”

“Let us carry the thought of innovation because innovation will illuminate the path to success and prosperity.”

“Let us break the barrier that prevents spiritual revival, progress, and inclusivity, creating a flourishing society with the fear of God, diversity, and shared purpose,” he concluded.

“The foundation of this new horizon is righteousness, justice, and collaboration among neighbours.”

“Our successes will continue to be celebrated collectively, and our challenges will be met collectively.” The glory of this new era is not a faraway concept; it is intertwined with our ideas and actions.

“Today, we take on the responsibility of being the driving force behind the glory of a new Edo.” Our dedication is unwavering, our efforts are tireless, and our commitment is unwavering.”

While celebrating with Governor Obaseki and the people of Edo State on the auspicious occasion, Delta State Governor’s representative and Delta Commissioner for Works, Aniagwu Charles, said, “I bring greetings from the people of Delta State, wishing the Governor and the people of Edo State to finish strong.”

The former delivered a sermon titled “Edo the Beautiful” and read from Ecclesiastes 3:11 in his sermon.

Felix Omobude, Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), stated, “We should all build on the values of Edo State, which are integrity, honesty, and respect for one another.”

“The people of Edo must honour Him who made everything beautiful for the state.”

“I want to thank the governor for the good things you are doing for Edo people,” Omobude said, praising the governor for his transformative projects across the state.

“It truly represents us, as things are beautiful in the land.”

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