By Ime Silas

The Chairman, Akwa Ibom National Assembly Caucus and Senator representing Akwa Ibom Northeast (Uyo) Senatorial District at the upper Chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, Sen (Obong) Bassey Albert, has advised leaders at every rung of leadership to resist the temptation of using their positions to victimize their subordinates and followers.

Obong Bassey Albert (OBA) who is also Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), dropped this advice in his Easter message to the governor of Akwa Ibom state, His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, his constituents and the entire people of the state.

OBA in the message tagged “Resurrection Of Jesus Christ: Our Seal Of Redemption And Victory”, however charged the leaders to reflect on the humility, sacrifice, love, steadfastness and dedication of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ throughout his life on  Earth, which culminated in his death on the cross.

The message reads “It is indeed a glorious moment for the Christendom and the world at large as Easter; connoting the crucifixion , the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is celebrated. 

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“Easter Sunday, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the consummation – to wit, the highpoint of his messianic mission on earth. We praise the Almighty God for this inexpressible gift, who successfully overcame the power of sin and death, in order to restore man’s sonship with God, wherein lies the seal of our redemption and victory in the world (Galatians 4:4-7; John 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 11:28; Ephesians 2:4-6). 

As we mark this solemn occasion, May we reflect on the humility, sacrifice, love, steadfastness and dedication of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ throughout his life on  Earth, culminating in his total submission to the will of God as a sacrificial lamb for the rebirth of man. 

“Of note, the exemplary and humane life of Jesus Christ exposed the vainglorious and self-righteous character of the Pharisees and Scribes – traits which  unfortunately is still with us today . As followers of Christ, this should not be so in our dealings with each other (Colossians 1:10-14). 

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At whatever rung of life, leaders and Christians generally, must avoid being contemptuous at one another. We must not use our positions  to victimize, deride , deprive the rights of others or hold prejudices against fellow men as these are detestable acts before God (Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:30, vs34 & 37, Matthew 23:13). 

Let me therefore, on behalf of my dear wife  Imaobong Nkeiru Albert and my family, express my profound felicitations to my dear Leader and brother His Excellency Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and wife, my Constituents of Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial Districts as well as friends and well-wishers across Our dear State and beyond, on this solemn celebration. 

The labour of love as clearly exemplified by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is cardinal to me at all times. God has continually stood by me to give a good account of my stewardship and representation of our people to whom I remained ever indebted . 

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I shall continue to sustain the collective dreams of all and our successes shall surely continue from glory to glory. Christ is Risen!  He is Risen, Indeed! 
Happy Easter Celebration”