The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel on Saturday night reflected on the last week tragic collapse of church building in Uyo which claimed, at least, two dozens of lives with more injured, saying God actually made him to be part of the victim congregation to enable him save many lives that were trapped in the wreckage.
Specifically, the governor said his presence and personal intervention helped in effective rescue operation.
He spoke on Saturday night in the Uyo Township Stadium for the state-sponsored Christmas Carol festival.
Addressing thousands of worshippers, Governor Udom said, “The footsteps of the righteous are ordered by God. He took me there to save lives.”
At least 27 people lost their lives, while 37 were injured, according to the police, when an uncompleted building housing the Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, collapsed during a ceremony to enthrone the church founder, Akan Weeks, as a bishop.
He directed that a minute silence should be observed in honour of all those who lost their lives in the church building collapse during the carol night,
“I believe that if I were not there to personally supervise the rescue efforts and mobilise the best possible network of medical experts and rescue workers, the casualties would have been a lot more,” Mr. Emmanuel said, while declaring the carol night open.
Mr. Emmanuel said he wasn’t elected governor to share only in the joy of the people, but to also share in their pains and agony.
“We are all in the same boat.
“I share that grievous pain with everyone on that Black Saturday inside that church. My heart would bleed forever as I recollect the harrowing scene,” the governor said.
Mr. Emmanuel thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and other national leaders for showing solidarity with the state during the incident.
“We will all recover from this tragedy and march on to greatness,” the governor said.
The state government has since set up a panel to investigate the cause of the collapse.