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WHY YOU WILL NOT BE OUR GOVERNOR.

4 Aug

By Dr Sam Etuk

*WE are tired of ungubernatorial speeches

For weeks I have been contemplating writing this letter, but discarded the idea 12 times. But since Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka says that, ‘The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny’.-The Man Died (New York: Harper & Row, 1972- p. 13), I think I have seen enough tyrannies to force me to speak up because I don’t want to die. Yes it is not in my character to die as a coward, though all of us in Akwa Ibom State are being forced to take that option, we should see and speak not. When you speak friends desert you and declare you a no go area, some even blackmail you for pittance just to satisfy their bandwagon fear of the unknown, but I will opt out of the spineless crowd and differ from such idiosyncrasy, because I know cowardice is a devastating weakness, for the sake of myself, my Children and their future, I will speak up today, I don’t need any supporter. The truth must be told. I have not compromised my integrity, no not yet not within the labyrinth of lies and confusion, elevated by threats and stock piling of ammunition for their perceived craving for power.

For weeks I have been contemplating writing this letter, but discarded the idea 12 times. But since Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka says that, ‘The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny’.-The Man Died (New York: Harper & Row, 1972- p. 13), I think I have seen enough tyrannies to force me to speak up because I don’t want to die. Yes it is not in my character to die as a coward, though all of us in Akwa Ibom State are being forced to take that option, we should see and speak not. When you speak friends desert you and declare you a no go area, some even blackmail you for pittance just to satisfy their bandwagon fear of the unknown, but I will opt out of the spineless crowd and differ from such idiosyncrasy, because I know cowardice is a devastating weakness, for the sake of myself, my Children and their future, I will speak up today, I don’t need any supporter. The truth must be told. I have not compromised my integrity, no not yet not within the labyrinth of lies and confusion, elevated by threats and stock piling of ammunition for their perceived craving for power.

In the past months, I have had to defend some gubernatorial aspirants from Akwa Ibom State, who are angling for the 2015 ticket before my very cerebral children. They believe venturing into politics in our clime is a waste of time, they are not interested in the dubious financial gains, because  they believe their parents’ antecedent is worth dying for or protecting forever. They are always proud and keep reminding me of their great grand Uncle cum father, Sampson Udo Etuk, the Ibibio Union icon, who denied himself overseas scholarship, whereas he was in charge of the funds and administration of the educational award, to allow others, who did not have the wherewithal like him to proceed abroad under the scholarship scheme to further their education, why he sponsored himself and later his children.

Today’s politicians would rather pilfer the money to build mansions for themselves and their siblings, and rape the society of such a great opportunity. The likes of Sampson Udo Etuk have long gone; even his colleagues at that time were very   much undecided about issues that favoured others. One is proud to be chiseled out from such honoured and celebrated stock. These kids   yearn to keep the legacy.

 

I read Assam Assam’s letter to Udom Emmanuel with stoic calmness that was why I chose to read it around midnightor about 30 minutes past midnight. I needed that kind of a serene environment to enable me digest the letter and perfectly decipher what he was trying to convey, knowing that “The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism”-Wole Soyinka.

I know he wrote it and did not need to pay a letter writer to do it for him. He may be a cantankerous person as his critics claim including Udom Emmanuel, but  he  intelligently marshaled out his points, forget his so called antecedence, but his language were civil, although he flew off the handle in few places, it was logical. He did not dissipate his energy trying to lie to tell the truth or malign personalities, he focused on issues of import.

 

Days after, my loquacious human right activist colleague, Clifford Thomas woke me up from my sleep and dropped a printed version of the Udom Emmanuel’s reply on my lap. I was not disappointed because as most replies (advertorials) from the Akwa Ibom State present government connote, so many innuendoes were used to convey his message.

Udom Emmanuel

Although Udom made his points, such submissions were beclouded by the personal attacks on Assam, which made the letter amateurish. The art of discrediting your adversary before correcting any perceived cuff could work in a court room, but Udom can bear me witness that as a boardroom player that he is like me, it is usually counterproductive rather bare facts and truth work. Udom disappointed me and others of that class. He might have made his point but it was not very convincing for a man who hopes to rule us. Politics is a different ball game, one slip can affect the mindset of your supporters, forget about the executive rascality which is a Nigeria power fort, but when the time comes, the true supporters will be revealed based on your words.

While contemplating writing this letter I stumbled on my friend, Fani Kayode’s article and this quote attracted me: ‘”why should we speak out? Why should we bother? What difference will it make? Why should we risk our lives? Why should we swim against the tide? Why should we bother fighting against the government or the authorities because we can never win?” These are deep and difficult questions but thankfully Dante Alighieri provided the answer to some of them when he wrote that ”the hottest place in hell is reserved for those that remain neutral in times of great moral crisis”. This is not only true but it is also deeply profound.’

It emboldens me and I just let off a wry laughter because most of us have been hounded into the pit, and our mind is seared, without feelings. Those who perpetrated the 2010 hideous crimes are still around- The threesome. Therefore when those mean men arrogantly want to break every bone to triumph in a democratic set up, don’t forget we had been watching your back for years.

The office of a governor is respectable and should be treated as such. No amount of provocation should make a respected governor lower his esteemed position because he wants to trade words with a mad man on the street or show the public that he also has guts. Such brash bravery is not expected from anyone who aspires to such an office, this is why like many respected Akwa Ibom people, I am disappointed. The diatribe is a reflection of what we should expect if any of such ilks becomes our governor. I also wonder what we mean by backdoor even the one expressed by our governor, Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio was vaguely presented and if one reads meaning to it now, stones will start flying from all cylinders including the unintelligent passersby. This is one area we have not defined as we try to reinvent the story of Absalom. This is why we should succinctly present it before I write my own definition, which I have the journalistic license to do because for two good years I studied interpretative reporting, before they start accusing me of quoting Absalom, sorry backdoor out of context. Also I have THE POETIC LICENSE to be vague too. The Bible has been so battered by our claims to Christianity and respect for God, yet our actions do not portray the character of godly people. Perhaps, it is the religious titles that get our head swollen. According to the forerunner of Christianity, Jesus, the Christ, FORGIVENESS is a virtue in Christian living. It is highly desirable –even the Lord’s Prayer that we invoke on ourselves daily teaches us the right thing to do- “Forgive me my sins as I forgive those who sin against me.” Therefore it means if I don’t forgive others I will not be forgiven. God did not place this conditionality on us, we did it by ourselves by invoking it anytime we pray and should be responsible for it.

Mark my words our impetuous braveness will not make us governor of Akwa Ibom State nor claims which are underlined by lies. The Ibibio Elders Forum, once said to be a campaign team of a guber aspirant and not recognized by government as a reputable organization (advertorial signed by government appointees on behalf of the government stated this clearly) despite its founding father being late Dr Clement Nnyong Isong, our quintessential former CBN governor and civilian governor of then Cross River State, is now being used by aspirants to pep up their political profiling and their media touts resorting to blackmailing the group of those distinguished and accomplished elders, whose ages range from 55 to 90 years. A stone that was rejected….. Why claim an endorsement that has not happen,  the same Elders Council also hosted other aspirants and none turn around to claim, we’ve been endorsed by Ibibio Elders Forum.

Don’t let me say more. Once again accept my compliment and sincere gratitude for expressing your interest in contesting to serve us, but desist from insulting our sensibility, as more letters are coming from my stable in the near future.

Sincerely

Sam Inyang  Etuk

“Akpabioism”: The Beginning of the End.

6 May

Akpabio

                                       
 
Shortly after Godswill Akpabio was sworn in as the governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2007, his first official performance was to harass journalists. He hated and had a high disdain for any journalist who reported the truth, the type of truth which Akpabio perceived in his warped mind as negative attributes.
 
From then on, all the journalists in Akwa Ibom State went underground, some abandoned the profession entirely, a few stayed on and operated incognito, while writing using pseudonyms.  There was no voice to caution Akpabio and those who were close to him immediately knew that it was the beginning of terror that would come to engulf Akwa Ibom State and its people till this day.
 
Within the past seven years (2007 till present), Akpabio has become the Biblical equivalent of Goliath, who was always boasting to his followers as being  the strongest man in the world, who could conquer the earth, the sea, and the land, until the day the young son of Jesse—David— showed up on the battle field, unannounced. David needed neither an iron sword nor a strong weapon to handle Goliath, because he knew that Goliath was nothing but an ego maniac and a coward who was only good at intimidating people with his physique.
 
Unlike Goliath, Akpabio did not have the physique to intimidate the people but created fear and terror in the people by kidnapping his opponents, assassinating those whom he perceived as opposition, and those he could have, but did, not kidnap or murdered, he paid the police to arrest them under trumped up charges and went further to twist and pervert justice. It did not take long for Akpabio to succeed in subduing the people of Akwa Ibom State.
 
He refused to pay salaries. He refused to engage in programs that could create employment for the people and unemployment rate among the youth skyrocketed to nearly eighty percent, where it still stands.
 
Thinking that he had solidified the people to obey him without questioning, Akpabio began to insult the elders and mistreat the Ibibio people, who make up the majority of the dialectical group in the state.
 
As if to add insult to injury, Akpabio thumbed his nose on the people when he decreed that he will impose a successor on the same group of people he has been insulting and victimizing since 2007. This last act has become the proverbial last straw that broke the Carmel’s back. It is the first time, since 2007, that the people have refused to cow-tow to the antics and the foolishness of Godswill Akpabio.
 
What is going on now is that the people, led by former practitioners of Akpabioism, such as Senator Ita Enang, are uniting together and determined to let Akpabio know that Akwa Ibom State is greater and bigger than one man; as one American musician said in one of his lyrics, “we ain’t taking this no more.”
 
When Akpabio decreed that he would impose his successor on the people, he never for once dreamed that Akwa Ibom people of all dialectical groups could wake up from their slumbers and unite as one to fight him. Just a few months ago, it would have been unheard of to hear personalities of the caliber of Atuekong Etiebet come out in the open to challenge Akpabio over his decision to impose a governor on the people.
 
Every day and night, the people are convening series of meetings to plan strategies on how to counter Godswill Akpabio and his imposition. In one of such meetings, reports came on the social media stating: “The People of Uyo senatorial District have affirmed through a voice vote that they have issues and grievances to discuss with the State Governor…. USD said they have been marginalized especially in the area of appointments. They said there is no fair distribution of appointment in the State public and civil service…. And as regard 2015, those who spoke, including the Deputy Leader of the State House of Assembly, former Chairman Nsit Ibom Local Government amongst others opted for an open contest” (Retrieved from the Facebook page of Henshaw Nyong).
 
With so much opposition mounted from all fronts against Godswill Akpabio, those close to him say the man is now more erratic in his behaviors than in the past. Some analysts have even predicted that he may wake up one day and say to hell with being a governor and seek refuge in some remote place, such as St. Kitty (or Kitts) Island, where he is partnering with the Prime Minister of that country to build a refinery.
 
Meanwhile, there are feelers pointing and manifesting everywhere indicating that Akpabioism, which, just a few months ago, meant different things to different people, is increasingly giving the same meaning to everyone; dead!
 
For Akpabio, what is transpiring right before him is the beginning of the end of Godswill Akpabio and the stupidity of Akpabioism.
 
Written by
Ikpafak Thompson Essien
The Voice of the Poor Masses
Defender of the Oppressed
Social Critic
A native of Ibibio nation of Ubium Republic extraction, now living in the safe and beautiful city of Portland, Oregon, where no AKPF, ADUMA, ADV, and Akwa Ibom State politicians can reach.
 

Ita Enang abode LIVE:
Uyo Senatorial District Townhall Meeting gets tougher !!!
6:10pm

The People of Uyo senatorial District have affirmed through a voice vote that they have issues and grievances to discuss with the State Governor.

USD said they have been marginalized especially in the area of appointments. They said there is no fair distribution of appointment in the State public and civil service.
USD also said they are not satisfied with the number of Permanent Secretary positions to USD.
They have decided to send emissaries to the State Governor to correct the abnormalities in the USD.
And as regard 2015, those who spoke, including the Deputy Leader of the State House of Assembly, former Chairman Nsit Ibom Local Government amongst others opted for an open contest.
Member representing Uruan in the State House of Assembly, Hon Kufre Etuk has dropped bomb. According to the lawmaker “we should not sacrifice good representation on the alter of zoning. Apart from Senator Ita Enang there is no National Assembly member from Akwa Ibom that is giving effective representation. Enang is the only voice from here”.
He strongly voiced that the people of his constituency and Uyo Senatorial District as a whole want an open contest where all and sundry would be allowed to test their popularity.
And the BIG ONE…Senator Enang has declared for a re-election!
Some of the bigwigs in attendance are: Deputy Leader, AKHA, Ekaette Ebong Okon, Hon. Kufre Etuk, Hon Onofiok Luke, Otuekong Raphael Bassey, Okon Emah, Prof Etok Ekanem, Hon Joshua Asuquo, Helen Akpabio, Barr Anefiok Dennis, Dr Chris Nyong, Elder Nicholas Andy, Pst Andrew Uwanta. Of course, the list is endless.

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Re-Akpabio’s N25m bribe fails to convince Abak 5

2 Dec
Chief Godswill Akpabio

Chief Godswill Akpabio

“While the people saw the N500,000.00 bribe as a mockery and attempt to twist their conscience, according to our source, they nevertheless said they would still have collected whatever millions he offered since it is not his personal funds after all…”- insight weekly

Honestly,  I really don’t think Akoabio meant business when he tries to parade the  banker, Udom Emmanuel as his coming Mesiah, to take over from him as governor of Akwa Ibom State.

Akpabio might be looking for a subtle way to land or best to deceive Udom to believe that he actually wanted him as governor. This perhaps is just to ensure that Udom Emmanuel never opens up regarding Akpabio’s mega and multi loots.
Udom, for one, is not a politician; Akpabio will not stand any chance of getting any visible supporters anymore as he’s going to be out of office! His political brinkmanship is waning off. He will no loner have the uniform and straight cloth thugs, assassins, and snipers around him anymore.. So what aparatus will he use to fortify himsel for the all-coming fight that will not only submerge him but expose his past criminal records.
Those who know Udom should tell him that Akpabio is a gambler, a pathological liar and a serpent that can never be trusted.
Udom should know that if Akpabio meant well and remains sincere about his love for Eket Senatorial District, he could have supported one of those who’d worked with for longer period  and supported him all this while. Rather, he’s tactically and strategically booted them out or forced them to some sorts of oblivion. Are the following not from ESD: Assam Assam, Ekpenyong Ntekim, Udoma, Bishop Akpan, Mrs Esuene, Dan Abia…you name them?
People are sick and tired of Akpabio’s continued burgeoning interest in governorship position after he’d left. Why is he spending mouthwatery sum to bribe people just to give a nod to his desired or  anointed would-be successor? History has not thought Ahkpabio any lesson; otherwise he could have learned that the beloved ‘Sense of Geography’ Governor Attah, tried this, but the people of Akwa Ibom resisted; and it didn’t work out for Attah. Those who know Akpabio well should advise him to concentrate on his greedy and egocentric senatorial ambition; as that too  might not be in his favour! I’ve have a strong belief in the adage that “no one carries load with both hands while climbing a tree.” Definitely he will not make it with loads in both hands.
I think the good people of Akwa Ibom state should now be weary of Governor Akpabio’s double standard and deliberate deceit scorecard.
 80% of the people of Akwa Ibom state have no food to eat and are wailing loudly about starvation and diseases. Death rate continues to plummet in geometry, even as death announcement takes over airwaves of AKBC Radio and TV while a few beneficiaries of the unpopular administration continue to duplicate an outdated cliché: “Akwa Ibom Ado Ok” in the media. But if you ask them privately if Akwa Ibom state is really okay, they tell you that it’s just a promotion of the name of our state and governor Akpabio. Can such promotion bring about any good thing to the state?
Ailing industries continued to be inhabited by rodents, reptiles and other wild animals in the state. Recently, Akpabio took billions of the people’s money to buy 50 bullet-proof cars for the distribution of his family members while hunger and disease continues to send the people of the Akwa Ibom to their early graves. When shall you differentiate between a devil’s incarnate and man with a large of heart? What is happening to Peacock Paint?
Sorry I forgot to ask you about Qua River Hotel and Qua Steal Limited in Eket. These are part of the industries and busses that glow smiles in the face of our dear dear state. The much touted Ibom Power Plant has gone to sleep. This, Akpabio’s stooges can never mention  again but are now reverting to an unfunctioning Pipe Jacking Drainage system in Uyo which recently created an unprecedented flood, submerging houses beyond the roofs with destruction of property worth billions of Naira about two weeks ago.
Yes, Ibom Power Plant is no longer a singsong. It’s forgotten issue. Last month I was at home, I never had electricity for 14 days that I slept for a project in the village I embarked upon. I’d to move to a hotel. But when I hear some foolhardy individuals telling me that there’s “uncommon transformation” in Akwa Ibom State,  I could not blame them because they all enjoy and are used to  uncommon poverty, uncommon diseases, uncommon prostitution, uncommon flood, uncommon hunger, uncommon school dropouts, uncommon child trafficking, uncommon child ‘witches’, uncommon child kidnapping, uncommon ritual killings, uncommon failed education policies, uncommon criminal activities, uncommon unemployment, uncommon political thuggery, uncommon lies of Akpabio!
Essien Ubong
In NC

Gov Akpabio’s Ethnic Vengeance: A Rejoinder to Thomas Thomas

17 Nov
By Anthony Ebuk
Sir,
your article on the subject Ethnic Vengeance; Why Akpabio Tortures the Ibibios, published last week in your Global Concord Papers and more widely in Ibom Forum is referred;

REJOINDER

Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State

Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State

Mr. Thomas Thomas, We have been on the same page on a lot of issues, we’ve had our different opinion on some but on this issue, I dare say you are dead wrong.
My brother and friend, I have read your over 6500 words of raw appeal to the Ibibio race to take arms against their brothers, the Annangs. You may have considered it a masterpiece, you have received so much misplaced accolades for such venom but the truth is that you have used a good medium to sow very bad seeds.
I read some comments following your article. One even recommended burning it to a permanent storage device (CD) in order to show the generation yet unborn. To make a memorial of it so that our grandchildren will someday say in absolute ignorance and innocence “I read what your grand pa did to my grand pa’s people and I hate you for it”.
Mr. Thomas, you have been quite unfair in your analysis. Your story has been heavily coloured to highlight the wrong personal sentiments you intend to force on your audience. This is malpractice of the first degree given your profession.
Global Concord has suffered extreme persecution under the regime of Godswill Obot Akpabio, I can attest as a witness, but it is not enough to generate ethnic bigotry against everybody whose blood line can be traced to anywhere bordering within Ekom Iman Junction, Mkpat Enin, Iwukem, Ngwa, Arochukwu to Ibiono Ibom.

You opened your article by quoting Godswill Akpabio say by the time he finishes his administration, there will be nothing like Ibibio, Oron or Annang. I applaud you on quoting him correctly; recently many commentators have chosen to misrepresent the quote by removing the Annang and Oron aspect in order to give it a different meaning altogether. He may have failed woefully in his effort to achieve same but in your effort to discredit him, you have become worse than he is.
In your desperate attempt to whip up Ibibio sentiments, you have made a roll call of Ibibio sons and daughters purportedly betrayed by Akpabio, I will attempt to review some. Whilst not holding brief for Akpabio, I just think it pays better if the known, is pigeonholed in the known, and the unknown can safely then be speculated.
I am a bit worried when names like Ambassador Edem and Mike Eduok, have their troubles traced only to Godswill Akpabio. In Mike’s case particularly, you have stated that it is because of his brother’s “perceived” opposition to the administration! Are you serious?
Recently your publication carried a confession of a certain B. U, whom you claim was responsible for some high profile killings and kidnappings which included Madam Udonwa and His Royal Majesty, Oku Ibom R. Obot. You said One Wayas, an Ibibio man, was fingered as the sponsor. Yet in a surprise backflip you’ve loaded the same crimes conveniently again on the Annang man, Akpabio. What are the generations who are reading you supposed to believe?
I was of the opinion that following such confession of a dying man, you will be up in arms demanding an explanation from the said Wayas. No, it does not fit your ethnic profiling. You’d rather kill the story than let Akpabio off the hook on this two. I may not be surprise at this rate to read that Akpabio paid the dead man to confess and later killed him with poison and another Ibibio Martyr would have been born.
Most curiously, all sinners have become saints in order to highlight what an Annang man has done to Ibibio men and women. “ A brilliant economist” describes Chris Ekong. Nsima Ekere of “recent memory” is suddenly revered in proper robes as Obong Nsima Ekere, the 2nd most abused person in the history of Akwa Ibom is today fondly referred to in his proper title “Otuekong “ Idongesit Nkanga. The AKPF Bishop Akpan makes the list and Obong Umana Okon Umana loses all the allegations and abuses. Very subtle, yet very effective adjectives abi?
These are our sons who until recently were branded and labeled by us, but today, they are perceived as enemies to “the enemy” we call them with their proper titles and run a brief commentary on their CV’s to highlight their lofty achievement before concluding that Akpabio had dumped them.
It had become apparent long before now that most of the sins against the Ibibios were perpetrated by our sons all in bid to have a report card that “showed working”. Having achieved their goals, attained good offices and maintained same, they have slowed down their activities. Today we soberly say they were used and dumped. Have we asked them to explain in English or Ibibio to what “use” Akpabio had put them to? Are we all not aware that Senator Udoedeghe beat up Sam Enwang (an Ibibio Elder Statesman and a titled Chief) at the PDP 2007 nomination grounds, in public all in the name of Akpabio? Did Akpabio send him to do that or was it all ginger? Has he ever made a public apology to the Chief and former Governor? Have we as Ibibio people ever bothered to demand same? Do we even care if the two are in talking terms till date?
We must first define what use Akpabio had put them to when the going was good, demand and extract public apology from them where necessary; that is proper penance. And not just conclude “dumped them”. When they were generously compensated and paid off.
Is it a coincidence or just natural that every person who has made your “dump list” is an extremely wealthy Ibibio man and woman? Have you cared to investigate their source of wealth? It does not bother you that the same man you claim dumped them also made them extremely wealthy with public funds, our common wealth, as long as their names do not end in Akpabio their loot does not count.
APPOINTMENTS / EMPLOYMENTS
Mr. Thomas, at this point you goofed out rightly. It is either your source of information was quite shallow, which I sincerely hope, or you were downright mischievous which now borders in the realm of malpractice.
In the first instance, the total number of lawyers in the entire Akwa Ibom state Judiciary is not up to 10. This includes those who studied whilst on the job. At what point were lawyers recruited in the Judiciary? It very malicious of you to have stated that the Judiciary employed 50 Annang lawyers as you said you could be sued by the Judiciary and Global Concord will be history.
I am also aware that there has been recent recruitment in the state secondary school board and Ministry of Local Government. I know quite a number of people that were successful who were not of Annang extraction. It is true that quite a proportion came from the Ikot Ekpene senatorial district but the 93 and most time 100% figures you’ve quoted are outrageously falsified and targeted at capturing and manipulating the imaginations and hate sentiments of the reading audience.
One is left to wonder why such sentiments as yours are not shared by people of Oron and Eket origin if same were true.

With respect to Political appointees, you have cherry picked offices held by people of Annang extraction. You were very careful not to tell us how many Ministries there are in Akwa Ibom State. Of the 20 Ministries in Akwa Ibom State, only 4 are headed by the Annangs thus; Information, Works, Special Duties and Agriculture. I will agree that it is only in Nigeria that 4 would be greater than 16. Are there not Ibibio people heading major Ministries like Health, Education, Finance, Environment, Economic Planning, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Commerce, Lands, Justice, Women Affairs, Sports etc. or are there no Ibibio People in the offices of the SSG, Deputy Governor, Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Chief Judge of the State etc.
There were only 8 Board chairmen listed by you, is it not also true that 8 of 27 is a minority in that category that has 35 boards chairmen?
Only I special adviser out of 6 is from Annang? What are you talking about?
You even went as far as listing a Special Assistant, a private matter as Director of Protocol and even Chairman Akwa United Footbal club? How low could you get! Just scavenging for every dish washing position, as long as an Annang man is named. Were they not entitled to positions of responsibilities because an Annang man was the Governor?
You could have made a comparative analysis with Attah’s administration and shame would be on you for causing such a storm in a tea cup.
Of all, the most parochial is your listing of Pastor Praise Okon of AKBC. This man was not imported from space to be AKBC Director; from Editor II in AKBC Radio, Head of Current Affairs in AKBC, Press Secretary to Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Principal Press secretary to the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deputy Director News and Current Affairs, AKBC, deputy Director Programmes, AKBC, Acting DG and Substantive DG of AKBC he has of course risen through the ranks.I am not entirely sure but I guess he has headed AKBC since before this Administration. It is even more amusing when you consider that his predecessors His Royal Majesty John Ekwere (Deceased), Emah Andy (Deceased), Dr. Ini Ebong were all of Ibibio Stock. How specially unfortunate is his headship of AKBC.

We talk about tribal sentiments, I guess you would agree that it is rather you who has attempted to look at the scene through a deeply colored tribal lens and you have attempted to use your pen might to whip up serious ethnic disaffection where there has been none.
I have not been a fan of Akpabio from time immemorial, I have never voted or campaigned for him, I believe he is directly or indirectly responsible for the insecurity that besieged the state shortly before his second term elections. If I have the opportunity, I will gladly prosecute him for financial impropriety. But he is still Godswill Obot Akpabio, not an Annang Man and that’s a world of difference.
As you continue to fan the embers of tribal sentiments, I hope your children and grandchildren will not be burnt in the inferno that would be occasioned by the outcome. We hear Hutu and Tutsis and we say Ruwanda is far away from us. The lessons are there to be learnt just ask a Jos man of the Zango kataf crises, it has never been about religion, this is how they all started. A couple of careless statements here and there and the people begin to run with it in the end nobody knows how to bell the cat.
Global Concord is the only local paper we have in Akwa Ibom. I read you because I believed you had the courage to tell the truth not the courage to be in opposition. What benefit is it to Akwa Ibom if we now read coloured stories from your stable just to appear to oppose? Then you are not better than Pioneer Newspaper who are docile yet stable and do not spew hate.
Let no politician derail us. Once this hate begins to spiral out of hand, they will be far off in Europe and the Americas with their kit and kin and you and I will face the slaughter. Elections of 2015 will be lost and won, but not on the altar of Ethnic Bigotry. Whoever is ready to contest elections should come out and tell us why we should vote him or her and not use you to tell us Akpabio has failed because he is Annang and He will succeed because he is Ibibio or Oron or Ekid. Selfish greedy people they all are.
I hope that one day, you will undo the damage you have done to the Ibibio race with this article, we are a noble race, not bigots . I pray we keep it so.
Regards;
Anthony EbukUyo, an Ibibio son, writes from Uyo.

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