AKPABIO A DESTABILISING AGENT: Akwa Ibom APC Elders Warn Buhari Against Nominating Godswill Akpabio Minister

27 May

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Elders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State have warned President Muhammadu Buhari against shortlisting Senator Godswill Akpabio for ministerial appointment.

The president will take another oath of office at his inauguration on Wednesday, May 29 for his second term of four years.

Consequently, the group, Ibom Integrity and Servant Leadership Culture Initiative, in a letter to the president, said an appointment for Akpabio would be an open invitation to the crisis in the state.

The letter entitled, ‘Ministerial Appointment: Why Appointing Akpabio Maybe Counter Productive’, was signed by the Executive Vice President of the group, Dr. Asuquo Edidem Etim, and copied to the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, the secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari.

The letter tagged Akpabio as a “destabilising agent”.

Akpabio, who is a former governor of the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), only defected to the ruling APC shortly before the 2019 general election in which he contested to return to the Senate but lost.

The group stated that the “same Senator Akpabio that in years past had been yours and our party’s nemesis cannot suddenly become the gadfly of your political generosity”.

According to them, “Akwa Ibom State boasts of men of immense integrity who can fit into the ministerial positions to help realise the Next Level agenda of the APC government”.

Part of the letter reads: “Mr President, this second mandate affords you the opportunity to select your ministers in a manner that will ensure that they do not become liabilities to your government or dent your impeccable image.

“Characters with known corruption allegations or propensity for pettiness, mischief, treachery, profligacy and vendetta, should be avoided. Senator Godswill Akpabio, unfortunately, is one of such integrity deficient individuals.

“Akpabio is a destabilising agent. The poor showing of APC in Akwa Ibom State in the last general election was to a large extent as a result of the destabilising and authoritarian tendencies of Senator Akpabio, who only believes that it’s either his way or nobody’s.

“Many had thought that his joining APC would bring cool breeze of good fortunes to the party in the state, but rather his highhanded nature and disrespect for internal democracy in the party and the will of the people to choose their leaders, became a raging storm that uprooted the recognised structures of the party right from the grassroots, as he imposed party leaders from the wards and even unit levels. Leaving many party men and women very bruised, trampled and disgruntled. This sadly affected the chances of our governorship candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere”, the group alleged.

While noting that Akwa Ibom has many “respectable, level-headed” personalities that would represent the state with grace at the federal executive, the elders also pointed out the enviable qualities of party leaders such as the outgoing Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, noting that “he’s done creditably in the past four years”.

The group added: “In terms of loyalty to the party and contributions to its development in the state, we have party men, including Chief Umana Umana and Senator John Udoedehe, among others, who had toiled to keep the party afloat over time in the state.”

It continued: “Akpabio’s uncommon profligacy in public office as governor in Akwa Ibom State is well known in political circles.

“We plead with you, Mr. President, to save our dear state Akwa Ibom from a potential ugly scenario, similar to that of Rivers State, between Gov. Wike and Amaechi, that has turned the state into a battlefield of blood and destruction, fuelled by ego and avoidable rivalry, especially, as the drumbeat of supremacy war and vendetta is already being fine-tuned, with claim of a ‘federal powerhouse in waiting’, by his gang. His propensity for violence is well documented in the state.

“Watch the video clips of all the names he called you just few years back in the name of a political campaign as governor. Find out who drove your party, our party into the bush throughout his days as governor, fanned by his dictatorial mien and intolerance disposition towards the opposition.

“Be guided by the fact that our poor outing in the first free and fair elections ever conducted in Akwa Ibom State, the 2019 general elections, was the aftermath of overwhelming state-wide revolt against Akpabio and what he represents.”

The group described the senator’s defection to the ruling party as “unfortunate” and “treacherous”, adding that the former Senate minority leader “sneaked into our party to achieve a long-held dream of stopping an APC victory in the state.”

It pointed out that Akpabio had only recently and boldly told global television viewers that he “did not decamp from PDP but moved”.

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How Captain Iniobong Ekong, Special Aide to Akwa Ibom State Governor Tried To Conceal #LoveAffair By Jailing Mistress

20 May

Captain Iniobong Ekong, the Senior Special Adviser on security matters to the Akwa Ibom state governor, has been reported to be involved in a love affair that went awry.
It was gathered that he had the love affair with one Adiaesup Etukudoh and the affair resulted in pregnancy.
The pregnancy, however, was said to be ‘cryptic’ and hence could not be detected by scans. The result of her pregnancy thus proved to be negative.
She gave birth on the 15th of November 2017.
According to the Etukudoh, the captain was in the know of everything and had given her four hundred thousand Naira (N400,000) to buy things in preparation for the arrival of the kids. When the kids finally arrived, a set of twins, she had called him to come and see the kids but he refused and made no more attempts to cater for their upkeep.

Frustrated by the burden of raising the kids alone, Etukudoh, decided to pay Ekong a visit but was prevented from entering the house and therefore resorted to causing a scene.
Captain Iniobong Ekong, who was out of the country when this happened, decided to file a petition upon hearing about her public outburst.
Ekong then had his lawyer, Bar. Mfon Udeme, put a call through to Etukudoh on the 6th of May 2019 stating that he was interested in opening an account for the kids and she should meet him at Zenith Bank. It, however, turned out to be a ploy by the captain to have her arrested.
Etukudoh was taken to the state police headquarters at Ikot Akpan Abia and was kept there from morning to evening. She was asked to call someone to bail her but she felt it was another ploy in the captain’s grand ‘script’ of getting her jailed . Sensing how serious the matter was, she later considered contacting her mother by 6 pm in the evening which by then was too late for a bail.
There was a twist to the story the next day when she was asked to provide the children for a DNA test before she could be granted bail.
Etukudoh however refused to provide the kids deducing the influence of Captain to have the DNA results doctored in his favour.
She was held behind bars till Monday, 13th of May 2019 and was eventually charged to court without the knowledge of her lawyer, Barr. Ekanem. In court, the magistrate asked that she be remanded in the prison pending the sitting on Wednesday.
After a magistrate sitting on the 15th May, the trial judge said the case was not in his jurisdiction and therefore Etukudoh could not be granted bail. The case has however been transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions to file charges at the High Court in the state.
Meanwhile, all efforts to contact Captain Iniobong Ekong and his lawyer, Barr. Mfon Udeme, through calls and text messages, proved abortive.

#Google is No Friend To #GodswillAKPABIO

1 Apr

By Sam Peter


As 57,000 Results Came Out For Kidnapping and Assassination Relating To The Ukana Man Known As Warsaw Or Judas, Ichabod.
One of the headlines read:
Nigeria: ‘Akwa-Ibom Recorded 1000 Politically Motivated Crimes with Killings in 8 Years of Godswill Akpabio.
Leave a good legacy so that posterity will reckon well with you.

The time Akpabio was killing, maiming and kidnapping people as well as destroying people’s business were you not alive to advise him? In those headlines capturing Akpabio’s atrocities, did you see my name that I wrote any? I will continue to research and bring to bear the wickedness of bad people in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria so that others will learn and refrain from committing havoc. There’s nothing anybody will do to me. Simple!

You need not wait for anything that you already know the truth about. Nobody wants to bring Godswill Akpabio down. He’s the one bringing himself down with his double standard, fraudulent traits and violent nature. He is a traitor, Judas and devil incarnate. A killer per excellence!
What evidence are you asking for as if you were not around when Albert Ukpanah challenged Akpabio about his senatorial ambition, the following month, Akpabio sent his killer squad to murder him in his house then falsely accused his son Odudu Ukpanah. Odudu was incarcerated for almost a year. Oyong Asuquo, Akpabio’s friend whom Akpabio disagreed with on political issues, the next day Asuquo was killed in broad daylight.
The Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium and Oku Ibom Ibibio, HRM, Obong Robert Obot, who openly opposed Akpabio’s second term bid on account of Akpabio’s ethnic bigotry and refusal spread projects in other local government areas, within a week, Akpabio sent gunmen who slaughtered him.
So sad again to behold, an Ibibio son who’s based Europe, Iniekong Udonwa indicated his interest to run for Governor against Akpabio, when he arrived home to launch his campaign, Akpabio sent gunmen to his kill. They shot several bullets at him. Though he escaped by whiskers, he did not go unscathed. He sustained injuries from multiple gunshots. Akpabio became furious and redirected the gunmen to kill his elderly mother. The old woman was dragged naked on the streets, murdered and dismembered.
Gloria Udo, the lady who befriended one of the killers who was police and bodyguard to Akpabio was a witness to the crime. Akpabio ordered the police to kill her to erase traces.
Nsima Ekere’s father recently published a memoir of his kidnapping experience as a victim, he did not only accused former Governor Godswill Akpabio of orchestrating his kidnapping and torture, he challenged Akpabio to dare to deny it.
Captain Sam Enwang, was a victim of Akpabio’s kidnapping spree.
The list is endless. Let Akpabio go to any level that he wants, but we no longer want him in our state for next level killing or kidnapping which Akpabio is notorious for.
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RE: INI EMEMOBONG’S BLOATED EGO AND GODSWILL AKPABIO’S ETHNIC CARD. #CowardAkpabio

1 Apr

By Aniekan Ukpong

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We are constrained to respond to an epistle by one Sampson Sampson which sought to denigrate the person and office of Mr. Ini Ememobong, the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party.

From the tone and language of the publication, it is clear that the author is Chief Godswill Akpabio. Why Akpabio lacks the courage to own up to the publication speaks volumes about his flawed character. After his defeat at the polls by Engr. Christopher Ekpenyong, outgoing Senator Godswill has been lamenting and blaming everybody but himself. He has attributed his defeat at the polls to a conspiracy by leaders of his Party such as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Hon Rotimi Amaechi. He has blamed the Akwa Ibom State INEC REC. Mr. Mike Igini and made several baseless and wild allegations.

Expectedly. Mr. Sampson (read Senator Akpabio) claims that Mr. Ememobong came to limelight through Akpabio’s benevolence. Sen. Akpabio and his wife have never stopped boasting that they made everybody in Akwa Ibom State. Akpabio ceaselessly seeks glory and adulation. He competes with the Almighty God for glory, adulation and worship. Anybody who had the honor and privilege to SERVE THE STATE when Akpabio was Governor is always reminded that he came from the gutters.

Akpabio not only plays god; he is loud, lousy and noisy forever seeking attention and validation because of insecurity. Are other Governors like Fashola who served at the same time with Akpabio boasting about their achievements and denigrating those who served in their administrations? Indeed the bottom line is that Akpabio lacks class. We have had other former Governors in this State. Has anybody ever heard former Governor Victor Attah boast about bringing anybody to the limelight just because the person SERVED THE STATE during his tenure? Has Attah ever boasted that he brought Godswill Akpabio and others who served under him from obscurity to limelight? Attah will never go so low because he is God-fearing and has class and proper upbringing. As Governor, Attah treated all those who served the State under him with dignity and respect and always thanked them for their contributions to the development of the State. Out of office, Attah remains a role model and father figure who is loved, respected and honored by all who served the State under him. Can the same be said of Godswill Akpabio? No. Indeed enduring respect and honor are earned by those who are deserving. Akpabio erroneously thought that respect can be bought.

He must have learnt by now that the office of Governor is not permanent and you will not be respected just because you once were a governor who shared State resources to all and sundry to buy respect. People will respect you for your integrity, comportment honor and character. Godswill Akpabio as Governor consistently humiliated and denigrated Attah.
It is shocking that Akpabio will accuse Ememobong of disrespect because as State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, he is only 35. What has age got to do with someone performing the duties of his office? Is this not the same Godswill Akpabio who (with his wife) in 2014 insulted Buhari (a former Head of State and a man old enough to be his father) Did Akpabio not dismiss Buhari as an illiterate and a senile old man? If Akpabio has forgotten or is prepared to lie as is his wont, I can send him copies of the videos now trending on YouTube.

Out of desperation, Akpabio is now trying to play the ethnic card. This is a cheap act of desperation. Akpabio wanted to be the only cock in Annang land and even Akwa Ibom. Accordingly, he destroyed prominent Annang leaders (many of whom were his benefactors) like Atuekong Don Etiebet (lucky to be alive), late Ime Umana. late Albert Ukpana, late Okon Uwah, late Chief Fidelis Etim. Did Akpabio not dim the stars of bright upcoming Annang politicians like Hon. Uwem Udoma, Hon Ekperikpe Ekpo, Hon Pat Ineme etc.

The people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District have spoken. They rejected Akpabio because of his boastfulness and flawed character.
Sen. Godswill Akpabio is not indispensable. How does Akpabio failing his election a threat to the unity of the State? How is Mr. Ememobong by simply doing his work as PDP Publicity Secretary a threat to Akpabio and the Annang Nation? Is Akpabio more Annang than Christopher Ekpenyong, Ibok Essien, or even his cousin Prince Ukpong Akpabio- a serving commissioner in Udom Emmanuel’s administration?

As Governor Akpabio’s performance was grossly overrated against the background of the huge revenues of N3 trillion that accrued to the State between 2007 and 2015. His performance as Senator and Minority Leader was similarly mediocre with no record of outstanding leadership. How many bills of national consequence or significance did Akpabio sponsor in the Senate? His colleagues and constituents (including Emmanuel Enoidem) see Akpabio as a shameless coward and sycophant who cannot stand the heat and provide leadership when courage is required. If Obong Attah were such a coward how could he have led other distinguished Akwa Ibom sons and leaders like Sen. Udoma Udoma and Sen. Ibok Essien to win the 13 Percent Derivation battle for Akwa Ibom. The difference is that these distinguished leaders whose achievements changed the economic fortunes of Akwa Ibom have carried themselves with humility, decorum and dignity. Attah has not been boasting about his historic and monumental achievement of winning the 13 Percent battle. After Attah won the battle, Akpabio, the eternal opportunist came in to squander and waste the resources.

The truth is that Akpabio was promoted beyond his capacity and competence.
Will anybody in good conscience claim that Akpabio has created more impact in the Senate than a patriot like Senator Ibok Essien who served as Deputy Chief Whip. All those who are shedding crocodile tears because Akpabio lost an election should realize that Akwa Ibom State will thrive with or without Akpabio. There are still many leaders in the mould of Attah, Udoma and Ibok Essien who abound in this State. Nobody should write off the Senator-Elect for Akwa Ibom North East -Engr. Christopher Ekpenyong a former Deputy Governor and foundation member of the PDP who cut his business and political teeth at a time Akpabio was still roaming the streets of Lagos. Ekpeyong will do better than Akpabio who lacked real depth and substance and covered his weaknesses by being loud and lousy.

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Call to End Money Marriage and #ChildMarriage in Cross River State – Nigeria 

1 Apr

By Bryce Edem

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As you can notice, we all are not from Cross River State. We all don’t speak Efik, or Bekwara, or Ejagham. Some of us are Ibos, some Yorubas, some Hausas, and some from other tribes. We are from different religious backgrounds. Yet here we are, affirming that beyond what should divide us, there’s something that unites us – Ubuntu; the cord of shared humanity.

Ubuntu means a girl-child in Kano who can’t attend school matters to me even when she’s not my child.

Ubuntu means a girl who is sold as ‘Money Woman’ in Becheve matters to me even when she’s not my child.

So, 14-year-old Rachael Ayan from Keyi who was sold to her 50-year-old husband when she was 5 years old, matters to me.

15-year-old Charity Ajil from Amana who was sold to her old husband when she was 4 years old, matters to me.

35-year-old Dorathy Obu from Ugbakoko who was sold to her 50-year-old husband when she was 7 years old, matters to me.

Now, you may ask, ‘How can I help?’

You can use your social media platforms to create awareness.

You can register your skills and competencies at the End Money Marriage Skills Bank. You can make a financial contribution to End Money Marriage Intervention Fund.

You can visit these communities. There’s something you can do. With your effort, no matter how little, we will produce incredible results.

The United Nations calls us to keep hope alive.

African Union calls us to keep hope alive.

Martin Luther King Jnr calls us to keep hope alive.

Nelson Mandela calls us to keep hope alive.

Malala Yousafsai calls us to keep hope alive.

Richards Akonam calls us to keep hope alive.

Hope that in the place of this offensive odour from Becheve, we will smell a pleasant fragrance.

Hope that in the place of this dark cloud that covers Becheve, a beautiful rainbow will emerge.

Hope that from the hills of Obudu and the plains of Obanliku, we will hear emancipated ‘Money Wives’ singing redemption songs.

Yes, we will produce incredible results when effort and hope to travel hand in hand. We will produce incredible results when effort and hope sing in unison. We will produce incredible results when effort and hope unite in holy matrimony.

By Bryce Edem

Let’s re-write history.

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The speech was to be delivered at #EndMoneyMarriage ‘Awareness March’ in Calabar on Day of The African Child

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)

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.

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