When we see and touch peace in Akwa Ibom, we shouldn’t take it for granted because it was not there before.
Flashback to May 29,2011 when the duo Chief Godswill Akpabio and Nsima Ekere were to be sworned in at the Uyo Township Stadium, the security presence outnumbered those who went to witness the ceremony.
Surveillance aircrafts hovered around the stadium for the four hours duration of the swearing in exercise, and the atmosphere was tensed. It was unprecedented, especially for a state, where four years earlier, Obong Attah had handed over at Ibom Hall with no security fears, as the state was generally calm and peaceful.
Apart from physical insecurity, there was also a traditional injunction, occasioned by a breach of the fundamental laws of the land.
A famous clan head in Uyo who tried to intervene by attempting to appease the obviously defiled land, Edidem Effiong Eberefiak(PhD), was sacrificed that morning of their swearing in.
Chief Eberefiak, it was who, attempted to neutralize the potency of the traditional injunctions that were activated owing to the all time high bloodletting that characterized the 2011 elections. He also undertook to revoke the traditional oaths that were administered to parry supporters in the buildup to that election.
Today, seven years after his demise, which paved the way for their emergence, Nsima and Godswill Akpabio have completely forgotten the family of the late monarch, who died in the course of assisting them rise politically. His wife and children received no benefit from that administration.
One of the sons of the late monarch Dopse Eberefiak, in a recent statement made an appeal to Gov Udom Emmanuel “to use his Administration to fulfill the last wishes of our late monarch as Governor Akpabio’s Administration ended up without compensation to the bereaved family due to some circumstances…”
Lest we forget that it were not so before, bö ifiök.
*Akwa Ibom Sacred Facts Inc*