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An Ode to Nwanakwo: a boy bathed with acid by the father

31 Mar

By Sam Itauma

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Absolutely shocking! Distasteful, traumatizing and unbelievable! Can this be another April fool? No, it is not. The news is indeed true: Nwanakwo is DEAD! This was the state that beclouded the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) Centre when the news of the death of a 9-year-old Nwanakwo Udo Edet from Ikono LGA who was receiving treatment at University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) filtered in; having been bathed with acid by his father.

Pitiful! Poor, innocent Nwanakwo was taken to the UUTH in July this year from the General Hospital Ikono when his medical situation deteriorated. His sin was the acceptance to an invitation to attend a prayer meeting with a church in Urban, near Calabar, Cross River State Nigeria, according to the child. “When I arrived at the church, people were clapping and dancing. I prayed to God to bless me and our family including my father. As soon as the pastor came, he started turning around, holding my head ‘Do you know that you are a witch?’ he asked me. I told him no, I am not a witch…” ‘He told me that I must confess or he will beat me, and even as he slapped me immediately. He handed over a bottle of olive oil to me to be drinking at home. I was annoyed and went and told my father so that he will arrest the pastor with the police.

To his chagrin, his father merely told him that if he were a witch he would be cast out of the house. That was an understatement. After four days his father told him that they would travel home to see their relatives. The little lad was so elated by this offer. Did Nwanakwo and his father come back truly?

Nwanakwo told CRARN team who visited him at the UUTH in August that his father called a cyclist and whispered to him. They mounted on the bike and moved to a particular road that was bushy up to a distance where there were no houses and stopped there. His father took him inside the bush and pretended as if he wanted to ease himself, while the cyclist waited. “He brought out a gallon from a sack bag and forced me on the ground, pressing my legs with his knees, he forced my mouth opened and poured acid into it. I cried and pleaded with him that I am his son; he shouted and called me a wizard and devil. He poured the acid on my face, head and body and ran away. Somebody came and took me to the police.” He said with a clear voice as is using a wireless microphone.

Looking at Nwanakwo’s photograph, the acid burns are very glaring and terrifying. The boy, who lost his mother four years ago, said he wanted justice to prevail. “Even in my grave, I want my father and Pastor King of Mouth Zion Light House, Urban to be arrested and brought to book.” The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UUTH, Prof. Emmanuel Ekanem was contacted to know what measure has been taken to ensure that justice is done. “The Head of the Corporate Affairs Unit (UUTH) has contacted the Divisional Police Officer of Ikono LGA who said that his men have been drafted to investigate the matter …” the CMD had responded briefly.

This brutish act was committed in January this year, precisely eight months ago, and Nwanakwo died about four days ago. As at the time of writing this piece, there was no news as to the arrest of Nwanakwo’s father or Pastor King. Will justice ever be done?

Nwanakwo represents the thousands of children in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, Abia, Rivers States, etc., who have suffered similar fate; either by being set on fire, thrown into the river to serve as delicious meal to the fish, buried alive, poisoned to death, slaughtered, hacked to death, pierced hot pokers into the anus, stoned to death, incarcerated and manacled in churches or prayer houses, sold to child traffickers or ritual syndicates, enslaved in brothels, strangled to death, starved, neglected, hung or tied suspended with head downward to die by piece-meal and or bathed with acid.

The rebranding of Nigeria is a project I so endeared and so I can die for it. But the rebranding has to start from the first rung of the ladder. The first rung is children. The visit by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio to children at CRARN Centre where over 200 stigmatized or witch-branded are rehabilitated children is an inroad to this concept of rebranding. Therefore, all the undoing committed against these children must be addressed and redressed. The Childs Right Law should not be allowed to be sleeping in the archives and libraries unattended to (the Child’s Right Act passed into law in 5th December 2008). Its spirit should be evoked and allowed to hound the phoney pastors, fake evangelists, apostles and prophets. The Child Witch Inventors should not be allowed to continue in their hoodwinking business using the name of God and garnering criminal awe and reverence while children continue to suffer and die; the image of Christianity and Nigeria remain in the mud They must face justice. There should be no sacred cow. This, to me, is rebranding! Rebranding should be an egg we cannot trifle with if sincerity is anything to go by. Parents who give themselves up to be brainwashed by the renegade men of God thereby unleashing all sorts of terror on their children should be made to face the full weight of the law. To say that the rate of child-witch branding with its attendant consequences on children is alarming is making an understatement.
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This is not enough; there must be a Special Implementation Committee saddled with the responsibility of monitoring the activities of churches in liaison with the police in ensuring the prosecution of child’s right violators in the truest spirit of the law. But I am confident that where the conventional law takes some doses of sedatives and remain drowsy, fidgeting or opt not to wake up at all, the natural justice will brace the storm and fish out the untouchable and the sacred cows. ‘Be not deceived, God is not mocked…’

You will agree with me that I have digressed a lot. So I hereby plead for amnesty. Yes, Nwanakwo, in the spirit of rebranding should be immortalized! This will awaken the consciousness in our psyche that children, the world over, deserve special attention; not assault and battery, not machetes cut, not hot iron-branding, not hot water-bathing, not even violent exorcism, but love, good food, education and good health. And that no one should be religiously irreligious as this sometimes leads to ‘insanity’ thereby giving the urge to harm others, especially vulnerable children.
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Nwana, my sole-friend, your death reminds me of the 9 year old Mary Effiong of Oruko, Oron axis who was slaughtered in a broad daylight in 2007 by his beloved daddy because an apostle of God ‘revealed’ to him that his frequent arrest by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency-NAFDAC for trading in Indian hemp and hashes, was the handiwork of his daughter who was a witch. He was arrested, but pressure from the elite and the community made him walk the street like Fidel Castro of Cuba while in office. Justice was not served! So for Nwanakwo, will justice ever be done?

Sam Ikpe Itauma is the President, Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. (First Published August 2009)

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ATA IKIDDEH, A BEWILDERED PERSONALITY OF A CON ARTIST & #419

25 Mar

 

By Umoh Cosmas

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It can be very ridiculous when a full grown man attempts to hide behind a finger. For sure, right-thinking members of the public will never take such a personality serious, no matter how much he tries to get attention, especially when his unstable antecedents are well known.
Hiding behind a finger is what Atta Ikideh has been doing ever since his failed attempt to swindle the Akwa Ibom State government through 419 proposals. He has over time latched on frivolous statistics and concocted ‘failings’ in his attempt to ridicule and downplay the achievements of the state government.

Rather than activate a self-destruct mode through blackmail and deceitful publications, Ikiddeh may do well for himself by utilizing his resources to resuscitate his stranded law career, which he abandoned here in Nigeria, having failed to make it to the Nigerian Law School. Since he made a fortune from the last administration as a willing tool of blackmail, he should make his late father and indeed the larger Ikideh family proud by investing in meaningful ventures.

Ikideh’s latest opinion piece where he asked “why is it all bad news about Akwa Ibom State from the National Bureau of Statistics?” exposes him as one with a warped imagination who eagerly awaits bad news about his native land, Akwa Ibom. He should be aware that his recent ignoble undertakings against the state government have kept right-thinking Akwa Ibom people at home and in the diaspora wondering if he does not need a mental check. They might just be right!

It is a sad commentary that one who claims to be a patriot would go in deliberate search of bad news about his state and would go further to give vigorous publicity to dubious and politically motivated negative statistics. The question is, where was Attah Ikideh when the same NBI rated Akwa Ibom state, under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel as the second best destination for Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria? How much publicity did he give to that rating?

The antics of Ikiddeh’s ilk are well known to those of us who have consistently follow developments in Akwa Ibom state. Once they fail to get what they want, they resort to blackmail and lend themselves to spent paymasters and drowning godfathers, whose trade in stock is to whip undue sentiments against a focused administration like we presently have in Akwa Ibom State.
It is public knowledge that Akwa Ibom government, through its Health Commissioner, has satisfactorily addressed the NBS rating of Akwa Ibom as the state with the highest prevalence rate in the 2018 national survey. In case Ikideh is not aware, HIV prevalence has been on the decline since Governor Udom came on board. While the state’s prevalence was 10.8% in the 2014 national survey, it dropped to 5.5% in the 2018 survey.
On the latest rating of the State as having the highest cost of living, the likes of Ikiddeh should be informed that it is not every statistics reeled out by agencies that should be taken hook, line and sinker. While an agency like the NBS may have done well in time past, it is not unlikely that its recent activities may have been politically motivated.

Dazed by the outcome of the last general elections in Akwa Ibom State, especially the sweet victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel, it is pitiful that Ikideh and his co-travellers are still befuddled, and therefore, have continued their search for anything that will keep them on the payroll of their equally stunned paymasters.
The pains of the resounding loss by Ikideh’s masters is understandable. Nevertheless, it is high time he turned a new leaf and team up with the rest of us Akwa Ibom sons and daughters who have vowed to stop at nothing is supporting Governor Emmanuel to realize the dream of a greater state, where peace, progress and development stand in bold relief.
A word is enough for the wise!

Cosmas is a public affairs commentator.

2023: APC SHOULD BE GUIDED BY HISTORY (There can never be politics without history) #PoliticsOfMurdering

24 Mar
Dost thou still bemoan thy fall
And think thy weary self undone?
Think again, O mortal man,
And know that since this world began
Men and stars have fallen low
And living things have ceased to grow
– DENNIS OSADEBAY
 
The year, 2023, is still far, and the politics of that year is still in the embryo, why then should one start beating the drum now? For the first time in my life I have to align with the thought of the Akwa Ibom State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo who recently issued a statement against the commencement of 2023 campaign by some politicians when the 2019 dispensation is yet to be inaugurated.
 
But then, the Ibibio people say, “NDUNÓÑÑÓ ITEM EFERE ÓFÓN KE OWO MM’ISINNE IKPAÑ”. I would not dare say what I’m going to say here if I’ve not learnt from history, and if I am not bent on seeing that majority of our people, especially those I happen to share a party platform with, benefit from the lessons of history. I have always said, and I am still of the opinion, that POLITICS CANNOT BE PLAYED WELL WITHOUT HISTORY. For example, if a party repeats the mistakes it did in 2019 in 2023 failure is her other name because no miracle can give her victory.
 
I wish APC well, hence I must say this: 8 years ago, the founders and founding members of the “Broom Party” in Akwa Ibom State were ambushed at Ikot Ekpene after series of threats were issued by the likes of Chief Sunny Ibanga (who circumstances and or Providence has brought into the very party he was against). Some of us were killed; some were wounded. Yours truly had to run from Ikot Ekpene to Uyo. In fact, how I did it I can’t recall, but I remember vividly that the bus I boarded was razed to ashes. I witnessed how people were killed. Majority of those who planned and executed the inhuman act are now in the APC, including the beneficiaries of the act. Chief Godswill Akpabio was the beneficiary in chief!
 
The doyen of Nigerian history, Professor Obaro Ikime, in his latest book, titled: “CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME OUT OF HISTORY?”, published in 2018, says “… the historian does not ply this profession in vacuo. He or she does not write for writing sake! He or she writes knowing that what he or she writes is of value to his or her nation….” He goes on to say that “the value of History is, in a sense, eternal. The issues which the historian decides to concentrate on are thrown up by the challenges which confront the society in which he or she lives….” The history I want my party to rely on as we are coasting to 2023 is the mayhem of March 22, 2011, where those in Akwa Ibom State Government then wanted to kill the progressives in their bid to crush opposition in the State. Blood was the feature of Akwa Ibom State and her politics. Kidnapping and assassination were the only HEADLINE NEWS from and or in Akwa Ibom State. From 2007, the Governor then, through the promptings of some so-called men of God who admonished that “a king must kill to maintain his throne”, was akin to Idi Amin of Uganda. There was no peace in Akwa Ibom State. I was always in hiding. Even some of my supposed colleagues did not know me because I needed to disguise to fight that war in the way I can.
 
Should our party, the APC forget this history? Why should they forget that Senator John Udoedehe was almost killed in Ikot Ekpene? Why should they forget that Mrs. Justina Udoedehe was almost killed in her Ikot Inyang hometown in Ikot Ekpene? Should they forget Group Captain Sampson Ewang who was humiliated by some of those who recently swarmed into the party? How can they forget that Mandators (Victor Essiet) almost lost his life for this same cause? In fact, it is still a shock to me because his car was attacked and destroyed by thugs… Don’t they know that a lot of people are in the grave prematurely because of this party? This brazen fight against history in our party, or this pretence to forget history in a hurry, is the reason we keep moving around, and or within, a circle – And we may continue to do so if the Nannies’ meal is again given to the dogs in 2023. The people are watching… They are not fools!
 
At this point, may I use this medium to pray that the soul of those killed in Ikot Ekpene on March 22, 2011, for daring to campaign to free this State from bondage and political ineptitude rest in peace! And may the souls of those killed in Ibiono Ibom, too, two days before that of Ikot Ekpene, also rest in peace. May those killed in that inglorious era rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ… Amen!Image may contain: 2 people, people sittingImage may contain: 1 person, sunglasses, hat and outdoorImage may contain: 1 person, outdoorImage may contain: one or more people and people standing

Of #Warsaw and the #VictorySong

18 Mar

By Emmanuel Ndon
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Until late last year, very little was held about the memory of Warsaw because of its brutish elements. But the Polish city gained prominence in Nigeria’s political lexicon when former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with search engines linking Akpabio with entries on Warsaw.

For the purpose of a brief introduction, Warsaw was the most damaged city of World War II. The Nazis killed many more people in Warsaw than even in Hiroshima and Nagasaki which suffered atomic bomb attacks. Warsaw also achieved its prominence as the capital of Poland. The death and destruction in Warsaw resulted from a long history of anti-Polish sentiment in Germany intensified by Hitler’s antipathy towards Poland and the Polish people. Hitler saw the Jews and Slavs as the primary threat to Germany.

Senator Akpabio during the build-up to the political campaigns had threatened that the APC which he had defected to, would take over Akwa Ibom State like German dictator, Adolf Hitler, took over Poland. Speaking about his defection at a funeral ceremony in Enugu State, the Senator said “..it was watched in 59 countries and somebody asked what happened there, and I said just how it happened in Poland. When they did ask Hitler’s minister of information about the war in Poland, and he said Warsaw saw war and war saw Warsaw…I will say that in 2019 Warsaw shall see war and war shall see Warsaw. The return will be a victory. May God grant us all victory”.

Since that infamous outbursts, it was believed that Akpabio had declared war on Akwa Ibom people following his earlier promise to stop the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, from having a second term in office. And in response to that, the people also prepared to match Akpabio albeit through the ballot.

Senator Akpabio has a penchant for unguarded utterances. His Warsaw anecdotes were preceded by a series of superficial boasts which alluded to his supremacy and all-conquering personality. He had told President Buhari, prior to the elections, that he was going to deliver Akwa Ibom State to the APC in an election he said would last not more than three hours. Given such a wide mouth, nobody will doubt that Akpabio had the state in his pockets, and can trade out anyhow he wishes. In another breath, he boasted that Governor Udom Emmanuel can never get a second term because the PDP died the very day he left the party.

These and many other vituperations, to a large extent, were vexatious to the people of the state who believed strongly that Akpabio’s power and influence were bestowed on him by the people, hence he could not have been invincible.

Indeed, his utterances built up a lot of tension while everyone was surprised over the sinister intention of Akpabio to unleash terror on the very people who made him ascend the throne, and on whom he still intends to represent in the National Assembly. The same feeling resonated at the party. The Peoples Democratic Party has been the party of the people and it was the same platform Akpabio rode to power, yet the same party he chose to abandon without any reasonable explanation. This explains why Senator Akpabio could not win a return ticket to the Senate. It was never in any way a result of compromise or manipulation but a perfect resolve of the people to whom power belongs.

To a large extent, the people’s resolve and prayers doused the mounting tensions and storms which gathered during the elections. Truly speaking, the All Progressives Congress bigwigs had orchestrated some dangerous gambits capable of instilling fear and violence in the state. It was strange to find the Army, for instance, launch Operation Show of Force few days to the election, in spite of the widely acknowledged peaceful nature of the state. Prior to the elections too, the commissioner of police had been changed twice. There were viral videos and audios exacerbating drums of war.
Indeed, most of these threats came to be during the election. On the first date where elections were eventually postponed, at least ten vehicles conveying electoral materials and personnel were burnt in Obot Akara in Akpabio’s Ikot Ekpene senatorial district. During the presidential and national assembly elections, Senator Akpabio was said to have allegedly abducted electoral officials in a bid to manipulate election figures. The same incident was also reported against him during the governorship and House of Assembly polls of March 9.

On Wednesday, stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district unveiled the many atrocities the senator and his agents and supporters allegedly committed during the election. At a press conference led by the party leader in the area, Chief Michael Afangideh, the party highlighted how electoral officials were manhandled in PDP strongholds in a bid to falsify election results in favour of APC.

Part of the communique read: “That after INEC had distributed materials to the Voting Units andPoints; Senator Godswill O. Akpabio used Military men in Armoured Vehicles and “Policemen” in 6 Hilux Vehicles to pack Election Materials and Ad-hoc Staff of INEC in some Wards and Units into his Coaster Bus and took them to the compound of Barr. Ibanga Akpabio where APC members thumb-printed the ballot papers in favour of APC. The Wards/Units affected were as follows:- (i) All the Units in Ukana West Ward 2 (ii) All the Units in Ukana West Ward 1 (iii) All the Units in Ukana East Ward1 (iv) All the Units in Ekpenyong Ward 1 (v) All the Units in Odoro Ikot Ward 2. The above malpractice was immediately reported by PDP Agents in the Units, Wards and Local Government to the Electoral Officer, Essien Udim Local Government Area in writing”.

It said, “Senator Godswill O. Akpabio used his brother, SUPOL Idorenyin Akpabio, who is O/C, Anti-Robbery at the Akwa Ibom State Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, in company of other policemen to shoot gun from Unit to Unit in the said Wards of theL.G.A to carry INEC materials and arrest some PDP supporters who were detained on that Election Day at Essien Udim Divisional Police Cell, Nto Nsek. Those detained were only released at the night of the Election Day”.

The stakeholders rejected totally the published Results of the 2 Wards of Adiasim and Ukana East which they said were procured under duress, and urged Senator Godswill O. Akpabio, “our son, to desist from further advertising of his declining and dwindling political status in the Country by false Press interviews that deepen his failing image before reasonable thinking members of the Nigerian society”.

Other instances of Senator Akpabio’s unguarded utterances could be traced to the past. During his reign as governor, the first of such missiles was his attack on his predecessor, Obong Victor Attah, whom he accused of leaving behind an empty treasury. This verbal attack ensured that Akpabio remained on a collision course with the elder statesman all through is eight-year tenure.

Akpabio had also bragged that he alone could determine who becomes what in the state. Thus, other than his official status as governor, he also ordained himself kingmaker of the state. At one occasion, he had intimated how he replaced the winner of an election by the crossing of his name.

His electoral conquests were often characterized by needless battles. This had set off a series of atrocities including kidnapping, assassination, etc, which characterized his eight-year reign of terror. A typical instance was the 2011 elections where so many people were kidnapped or assassinated as well as the theatre of blood which political campaigns eventually became. Thus, it was not to be taken with kid gloves when he proclaimed his Warsaw saw war and war saw Warsaw.

It must be noted that Senator Akpabio’s political life has been mendacious. Even when he preached zoning of political offices in the state, it was nothing more than rhetoric. For instance, everybody knew that Eket senatorial district would produce a governor after him, many including him had thought it would go to Oron extraction. Akpabio had nominated two people from Oron with corresponding empowerment with political appointments only to abandon them thereafter.

When he was about to step down as governor, his senatorial ambition was against the zoning principle in Ikot Ekpene. As at that time, it was the turn of Abak 5, but he overruled it. He got away not only because he was governor, but because he had the love and support of the people.
The lesson here is that his political exploits did not necessarily emanate from his prowess, but flowed from the kind support of the people. It must also be said here that in spite of his reign of terror, he could still sail through because the people were still behind him. His downfall came the very day he left the PDP because he lost the support of the people. Note also that the people here are at home with the PDP. His rejection by the people could be seen from the number of people that followed him to the APC – a paltry two commissioners (one his blood brother) and an initial one House of Assemblymember (from his constituency).

Evidently, his fall is a massive failure. Of course, it came first from his very own constituency. And then all the five former House of Assembly members that were to join him later in the APC, all lost their elections. It is the same story with the former commissioner who contested for Oron federal constituency seat. This is the testimony of a man who has been rejected along with everyone around him.

Senator Akpabio must begin to learn lessons in leadership. First, he must admit that the people made him and not otherwise. That the pride and arrogance to which he was soaked, are as always, the banana peels of leadership.
In this direction, it was unwise for the Senator to deride the outcome of the elections because of his failure. This is perhaps the first time any election conducted in the state has been peaceful, despite his threats of war. It is the first time campaigns went without blood – no kidnapping, no assassination, no gunshots anywhere. Now, peace has come to stay in Akwa Ibom State. Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end. Akwa Ibom has been liberated from bondage, cultism, and occultic affiliations.

Akpabio only needs to retrace his steps and beg for forgiveness from Akwa Ibom people less he sinks into the abyss. As he rightly noted in his Warsaw chants, the return has brought victory, albeit not for him but for the people and the state.

GODSWILL AKPABIO LANDS IN BIG TROUBLE IN AKWA IBOM STATE, OVER REIGN OF TERROR

14 Mar
Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and recently defeated Senator, has been accused by over five hundred (500) stakeholders, political leaders, party executives and his cousin, Prince Ukpong Akpabio, of unleashing violence and terror on the people of the region, during the last Governorship and State Assembly elections, in the State.
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Prince Akpabio, who led the stakeholders, in a World Press Conference, which held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Secretariat, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, on Thursday, alleged that the Senator masterminded and executed the militarization of the electoral process, witnessed in the area. The stakeholders and leaders signed a communique read by Barrister Imo-Owo Okpokpo.
They claimed that one Supol Idorenyin Akpabio of SARS, in the company of other Policemen, shot at people indiscriminately, detained and maimed PDP supporters, on the directives of Senator Akpabio.
Part of the communique reads:
“Essien Udim people condemn in strong terms, the various electoral offences and irregularities masterminded and perpetrated by Senator Godswill Akpabio and his cohorts, in which almost all the election process in the area was marred by unlawful militarization, rigging, and assault on INEC Electoral OfficersAmong the atrocities committed by Senator Godswill Akpabio, include carting away of electoral materials and INEC Ad hoc Staff, in all the units of the 11 wards in the area, with the help of Military men with armoured vehicles, to the residence of Barr Ibanga AkpabioSenator Godswill Akpabio with his cohorts, apart from assaulting INEC Staff, also beat and machete some PDP faithfuls, to the point of unconsciousness.”
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The Stakeholders and Leaders of Essien Udim maintained that in units where elections were not duly conducted, the PDP won overwhelmingly, and they have their result sheets intact, describing any other result as fake, and do not represent the votes of the electorates of Essien Udim Local Government AreaThey rejected the published results so far released by INEC in the State, and equally condemned the cancellation of results in nine wards in the Council Area.
Essien Udim people used the forum to admonish Senator Godswill Akpabio, to desist from the further advertising of his declining and dwindling political status, through various Press interviews, as such will continue to deepen his failing image. We have totally rejected him as a people, they said. They commiserated with the Corps members and other INEC Staff, who lost valuable items as a result of the alleged mayhem perpetrated by Senator Godswill Akpabio, stressing that, Akpabio is still bent on killing some PDP Stakeholders, even as the elections are over.
They restated their hope on INEC’s capacity to correct, as well as address the election anomalies, with her avowed commitment to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the country.
However, in a previous Press Conference, held by Senator Akpabio, he alleged that the violence witnessed in Essien Udim, during the elections, was perpetrated by members of the PDPHe insisted that the APC won overwhelmingly in his Local Government and other Local Governments, but the INEC in collusion with the PDP-led State Government upturned the results against his party, the APC.
Akpabio added that he has facts and pieces of evidence to back his claims at the Tribunal when the time comes.
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What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.
-Dailyadvent

#Udom: Keeping The Peace & Wiping Out Traces Of Terror

10 Mar

By Sam Itauma

The Cross Road
We have come to another crossroad in the annals of our democracy.
Why we are down in the trenches at some points is because we, more often than not, fail to take action and rational decision at the appropriate time.
In Akwa Ibom State, we have a unique and finest of a gentleman in the saddle of power whose desire to forge a common bond, create a congenial environment for the sustainability of our economy and above all, peace to reign remains unparalleled.

The question is: does he really deserve another four years term after exhausting the first term? Reasonably, Mr Udom Emmanuel is more than deserving of our support for the second term.
This is why.
Governor Udom Emmanuel has done much to clear battalions of cult groups inherited from the past administration.
These were wildcard cult boys that were recruited, groomed and released by politicians mostly those in authorities to kidnap, maim and assassinate perceived political enemies and anyone believed to create challenges to the political office holders in the top echelon.
It was such a surreal moment and people were literally living in the edge of doom and sleeping with one eye open as fear beclouded the atmosphere; anarchy strutted the whole landscape as even churches were invaded by these hired hooligans who captured their victims and either mowed them down summarily to death or abducted them and demanded for ransom. Some even paid the ransom but didn’t make it alive. Some who made it alive had their limbs chopped off or eyes savagely blew off.
This was the era where private businesses were ransacked and destroyed with no compensation. Out of fear, people made an exodus out of the situation, running out and sojourned In strange lands; in self-exile or became refugees from a country where there was no civil war.
It was a time where stationed Investors took to their heels while the would-be investors closed any chapters or hopes of coming in.
It was a time in his history were multinational companies could not keep their employees in the state. Some were often ferried via choppers from other states or long buses fully guarded by platoons and masked soldiers to and from work.

Again, it was a period where sound bites like “There’s so much hunger in the land.” “My mother is sick in the hospital and I cannot pay the bill” “Who’ll be the next victim of kidnapping or assassination?”, etc were commonplace. Yet, a lot of oil money was unprecedentedly flowing in and gushing in.
Today, we’re blessed to have a man whose quest to reverse these negative indicators is sacrosanct and remains what he holds dear in his heart.
Industrialization Drive.
In any given society, employment is critical to sustainability, health, and development. One significant aspect of Udom’s administration goals is the creation of jobs through industrialization drive. So far, just three and a half years, we can boast of 14 viable industries established in the state and still counting. This is no mean feat as compared to the previous administration which promised to build 31 industries but ended up with zero in eight years.
Why You Should Go Out And Vote
For those of you who think election does not hold water you, think about the flurry of kidnapping, cultism that will resurface if you don’t act now. Don’t you think investors will run away again? And if investors run away again then hardship and hunger will resurface.
For those of you who developed voting apathy, if you allow mindless politicians to come in, individuals with cavalier mindsets, they’ll plunge us into the precipice.
Think about the stinking, dilapidated educational and healthcare structures that Governor Udom inherited from the previous administration and he’s revamping them. We cannot afford to make such a costly mistake
We cannot become radioactive in poverty, unemployment and educationally backwards. We cannot reject peace and unity that we vouch for and echo every day on the platter of falsehood peddled by hackneyed political officer seekers whose intent is to cremate our state, our unity our peace and our economy for their egotistical, narcissistic and corrupt interests.

Stealing And Destruction of Private Businesses

By the way, why should any reasonable persons think of queueing behind people who deliberately destroyed private businesses of their citizens if they could not steal it or take over from their owners by crooked means?
We cannot forget in a haste the destruction of farmland owned by a man in Uyo (Monday Akpautong?) by those in authority.
The killing of the Ekpenyong brothers who refused to hand over their sand quarry to the greedy fiends in authority then. This subsequently led to the arrest and detention of innocent people like Dr. Chris Ekong, Fabian Ekpenyong (victims’ brother) who were almost killed in detention while the identified culprits were let off the hook.
We cannot forget the crushing of the AMAKPE Refineries by those who could not establish a single industry while in the government office. The refinery was slated to employ more than 6,000 people in the first takeoff. The saddest part is that, after they truncated the refinery takeoff in 2010, they hired deranged cyber thugs to carry out incessant and strings of campaigns of calumny aimed at tarnishing the image of the AMAKPE Refineries promoters. This was their hallmark, no doubt.

Vacuous Promises and Outlandish Lies

Today we have people who cruise through the network of lies, mountains of mendacity and web of falsehood. I mean people who ride with trucks fully loaded with the baggage of empty promises coming again to take over governance in order to take us a million miles backwards? Indices of their previous stewardship in different strata of government show their incredibly abysmal performance and regrettable leadership. Perhaps, it was God’s plan for Judas to jump off the Divine Ship to absolutely give peace a chance. Sorry, I meant to say, Jonah.

The military and police chiefs, at different fora, told us that since Mr. Udom Emmanuel came to power, Akwa Ibom State has taken back her position as the most peaceful state in Nigeria

On Saturday, I appeal to you, as an apolitical individual, devoid of party affiliation, to queue behind Mr. Udom Emmanuel and thump print for him and his associates so that we can all keep the peace, wipeout and completely obliterate the traces kidnapping and the reign of terror in AkwaAbasi Ibom State.

Itauma is from Eket and based in the US

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