Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has returned to the State after a period of isolation, treatment and recovery from COVID-19.
The Governor, in the company of his wife, two daughters and a few of his aides, attended a brief Thanksgiving Service at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Umuobiakwa with the President of the East Nigeria Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Nigeria, Pastor (Dr.) Bassey Udoh presiding.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka, in a statement said Ikpeazu was full of appreciation to God whose grace and loving kindness kept him throughout the difficult period he battled with COVID-19 insisting that the mercy of God is the only reason he is alive today.
Ikpeazu thanked the team of doctors and other medical personnel who attended to him for their dedication and professionalism.
The release said: “The Governor expresses his gratitude to the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu for courageously holding the forte during his period of absence and commended him for his statesmanship in the running of the affairs of the State.
Governor Ikpeazu sends his appreciation to the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Orji and all members of the State Assembly for their display of patriotism during the period.
The Governor is also grateful to the Secretary to the Government of Abia State, Barrister Chris Ezem, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr ACB Agbazuere and all members of the State Executive Council, as well as Chairmen of the Transition Committees of the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.”
It added that the Governor was equally thankful to all religious leaders from different faiths and denominations who prayed fervently for his recovery and their unending messages of goodwill as well as all Traditional Rulers, Elder Statesmen, Political Leaders, Women and Youth groups from across the State and indeed all Abians across the globe who prayed for his recovery.
Ikpeazu assured the people of the State that he is hale and hearty and fully prepared to resume duties and continue to discharge his divine mandate of leading the good people of Abia State, the release said, adding that reminding Abians that the COVID-19 pandemic remains with us which requires everyone to continue to take all the protocols enunciated by the NCDC very seriously.
He extended his message of solidarity to all Abians who are still battling with the sickness and assured them that they will come back better and stronger.
“Our administration will continue to provide the needed support in the fight against the pandemic in the State. I am pleased that our molecular laboratory is now fully in place and I therefore appeal to all Abians to avail themselves of the services of the laboratories and get tested in the strong belief that the disease is not a death sentence”.
“Throughout my life, my faith and confidence in the Almighty God have remained unshaken and will remain so. It is His grace that upholds me. This latest in the series of the intervention of God in my life will spur me to rededicate my life to the service of our people,” the Governor stated.