Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Cross River state lawmakers are future evangelist - Clergy

| 26 June 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

The District Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Calabar District, Cross River State, Evangelist Isonguyo Eshiet has said that members of the Cross River State House of Assembly and Politicians should not be condemed for their bad deeds rather should be prayed for because they all have potentials to become Evangelist in the nearest future. 

The Clergy made this known during a solemn assembly organized by the 8th Cross River State House of Assembly in honor of their late colleague, late Rt. Hon. Stephen Ukpukpen Member representing Obudu State Constituency, who lost his life to the cold hands of death last month.

Hon. Ukpukpen slumped during an outdoor exercise on the 30th of May, 2018 in Calabar. He was later confirmed dead on arrival (DOA) at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH on the same day.

Speaking at the event in a message titled 'Fear God', the man of God admonished the honorable members to live a life that honors God as the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

The Rev Eshiet decried a situation where Hon. Members, as well as other politicians, abuse public office handed over to them by grace.

Eshiet, who questioned the character of some politicians wondered why sometimes politicians would leave their wives at home with hopes of traveling for political meetings but to later lodge an underage girl in a hotel all through the time of the said meeting.

"What makes you honorable when you sleep with a sixteen-year-old girl and put her in a family way to later give her money for abortion?

"You tell your wives that you are going for a business trip only to end up in a hotel with someone young enough to be your child?" Eshiet questioned.

The man of God advised  assembly members to carry out their leadership responsibilities with God's fear, stating that, but not for God, they would not have been where they are today, hence, the need to influence their generation, positively.

The message followed a prayer session which had the members knell in humility to God.

Afterward, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo, the Speaker of the house thanked the clergy for his sermon, positing that the House met and resolved to host a solemn assembly following the demise of their colleague, Rt. Hon. Stephen Ukpukpen

According to the speaker, every first Monday of the month would have both members and staff of the assembly in a solemn assembly to appeal for God's presence upon their lives and business; while also negotiating with the general public to never relent in having them in their prayers, saying that, they are moving into elections and many ugly events were bound to occur, but that with God on their side, they would come out of all, successfully.

"For the first time in the 7th and 8th Assembly, we will be doing a valedictory session in the assembly and I will want to ask that you continue to pray for us. 
As we are going towards election period we feel our physical and spiritual atmosphere should be put under control.

On our own, as a house, we have decided to dedicate every first Monday of the month to hold a solemn assembly every first Monday of the month for both staff and members the house". He said.

"We have witnessed what has happened, the dangers that looms our corners. Most of us are seekinve positions and we will have opponents; that is something to worry about.
"With the opposition in Cross River State growing fast, it might not be easy in 2019. They may be crisis, bloodshed, but we have to pray and watch just as the Evangelist said". The Speaker added.