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Ex-Deputy Gov Makes Case For Change Of Enugu’s Sobrique

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A former Deputy Governor of Enugu State, the Rev. Ifeanyi Nwoye, has called on the State House of Assembly to consider working on enacting a law to make the sentence: ‘Enugu State is in the Hands of God’, the State’s official sobriquet.

Aprokorepublic reports that the State’s current official sobriquet is: ‘Coal City State’ which she has held since inception.

However, the State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, ever since he assumed office in 2015, has been using: ‘Enugu State is in the Hands of God’ not as the state’s motto, but as a signature phrase at his official outings.

Speaking shortly after meeting with the Speaker and members of Enugu State House of Assembly, on Thursday, Nwoye pointed out that Ugwuanyi’s use of the phrase contributed to the peaceful atmosphere currently being witnessed in the State.

He went on to posit that Britain and the U.S. respectively used: ‘God Bless the Queen’ and ‘In God We Trust’ as their sobriquets.

According to the former deputy Governor, ‘I have come to the Enugu State House of Assembly for the assemblymen to introduce ‘Enugu State is in The Hands of God’ as the motto for Enugu State.

‘I am here to see them and I have seen them and I pray to God that they will look into why I came to speak with them about a legacy to be left by the present governor of the state.

‘I came to see the speaker to let the House of Assembly know what Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is leaving behind as a legacy for the state, for them to consider passing a bill seeking that ‘Enugu State is in the Hands God’ be the state’s motto.

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‘Americans have in their money: ‘In God We Trust’; they started with God.

‘Britains have: ‘God Bless the Queen’ and they trust in God in all they are doing.

‘For Ugwuanyi to say Enugu State is in the hands of God, his faith has guided him, and that has made Enugu State peaceful,’ Nwoye said.

In his response, the Chairman, Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Mr Jeff Mba, stated that the House received Nwoye, listened to him and would deliberate on his proposal going forward.

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