Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio continues to receive more goodwill messages on his 50th birthday anniversary, the latest coming from the Catholic Pontiff, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
In his message, contained in a Papal scroll sent to the Governor and made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo, the Pope imparted, "Apostolic blessings on Akpabio, and invoked abundant divine graces on the governor on the occasion of his 50th birthday."
Meanwhile, Catholics and other Christians in the state have expressed appreciation to the Pope for extending his blessings to the Governor, who they believed deserved the Papal blessings for his continued support to the Church and deep compassion for humanity.
It would be recalled that the governor had earlier received similar messages on his birthday.
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, in his message, remarked, "In commemorating the Golden Jubilee of your birthday, you have reached a new milestone. Your accomplishments as Governor of Akwa Ibom State since 2007 are admirable, and reinforce the reason for us to celebrate another year in your life."
On his part, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, observed, "For every people and generation, God raises great men and women to lift the people from despair to hope and from great challenges to the Promised Land,” and added that “the life of Governor Akpabio has indeed been an impactful one, unleashing itself in all positive ways possible and changing the face and fortunes of Akwa Ibom State."