Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has responded to the many questions bothering his attendance at the Reigners Bible Church Int’l 2016 Convention during which the church building collapsed while service was going on.
Governor Emmanuel was at the scene of the ill-fated incident to supervisor the rescue efforts and mobilise medical experts, has indicated that he is not a governor only for the good times but also for the bad times.
Speaking during the 2026 edition of the Akwa Ibom Christmas Carol Festival in Uyo on Saturday, the Governor noted that if he had not been there personally to supervise the rescue efforts and mobilise medical experts and rescue workers, the casualties would have been much.
According to him, he was not elected governor to share only in his people’s joys, but also to share in their pains.
“Many have sympathised with me over the collapse of the church building. Many have questioned me for going to the church. But I am happy that I was there. The footsteps of the righteous are ordered by God and He took me there to save lives.
“I believe that if I was not there personally to supervise the rescue efforts and mobilise the best possible network of medical experts and rescue workers, the casualties would have been a lot more. I was not elected to share your joys only; I was elected to also share in your agonies.
“I am here to laugh with you and cry with you. 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,” he said.
He said, “Ever since God created the sun and put it there, we have never had a blackout. The sun has never run out of gas. The collapse of the building was man’s error and that is why we have set up a high-powered panel of inquiry to determine what went wrong.”