In a state with acute poverty, helpless widows begging for micro credit, unemployed youths finding shelter in cults and crime syndicates, clearly the focus and priorities of Akwa Ibom State leadership leaves much to be desired.
While Akwa Ibom State Government propaganda machine and spin doctors would like the world to believe that Akpabio’s squander mania is sanctioned under State law and budgetary provision, common sense dictates that roaming the countryside and doling out Akwa Ibom commonwealth while Akwa Ibom schools are not good enough for Akpabio’s children to attend, hospitals are not suitable for Akpabio’s wife to give birth in, public safety still dismal, this continuing behavior simply smacks of being tone deaf!
Charity works should begin at home and remain focused on the welfare of the impoverished Akwa Ibom citizens, helpless widows, and assorted underprivileged.
The much touted “development/uncommon transformation” in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria is nothing but smokescreens and mirrors.
A governor that visits Guangzhou or Dubai, sees a musical fountain or some rollercoaster, and is so tingled between the legs that he convinces himself, that is the “development and uncommon transformation” Ikot Ekpene needs!
Such basis for investment decision is symptomatic of a defective psyche.
We at CCAIN see the so called “development/uncommon transformation” in Akwa Ibom State as nothing but smokescreens and mirrors; a devise, a con system used for robbing Akwa Ibom State treasury.
The evident profligacy is just but a symptom of the gross financial abuse that has characterized Godswill Akpabio’s history; so what’s new?!
So let it be known, we at CCAIN are not aligned with any political party; we have nothing against the PDP or any political party, but we have poor and struggling relatives in Akwa Ibom State, we remember the murdered and the kidnapped during Akpabio’s second term bid; the hundreds of cold cases. We remember intimidation of citizens and journalists, and the still prevailing suppression of free speech in Akwa Ibom State. We know that citizens of Akwa Ibom State, and for that matter, any human being that visits Akwa Ibom State today, does so at the risk of being hauled into jail without due process under Akpabio’s Decree 2 (a monstrosity of human rights abuse tool). And let it be known that contrary to Godswill Obot Akpabio’s claim, very few Akwa Ibom citizens care about their profligate and illegitimate governor. They have been intimidated and subdued.
Now then, what Akwa Ibom Citizens and every person that care about democracy in Nigeria should contemplate are the various confessions of Godswill Obot Akpabio regarding elections rigging and fraud. Whether in the gubernatorial elections, or legislature elections, even local government elections…..Godswill Obot Akpabio in his own voice and words have confessed to violating election laws, and we must not let him get away with these admissions.
Despite Godswill Obot Akpabio employing all manners of mechanization to dissuade us from his clear words and actions, no immunity should protect an admitted criminal.
Our energy, resources, and efforts must therefore be focused on ways and means of improving voters’ education, preventing elections fraud, making electorate votes count, enabling elections legitimacy, and challenging a corrupt judiciary that has collaborated with the likes of Godswill Obot Akpabio in making a mockery of democracy.
For, till the people of Akwa Ibom State can have the wherewithal to elect their leaders (and not be saddled with the criminal and the profligate!), the Akwa Ibom promise cannot be kept.
The Akwa Ibom promise is not kept in lousy flyovers, not kept in phantom eLibraries, not kept in overpriced highways, not kept in white elephant entertainment complexes, or in filthy hospitals and prisons.
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in value add investments that provide social safety net for Akwa Ibom citizens;
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in empowering destitute widows and other entrepreneurs;
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in paying teachers’ salaries on time;
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in putting an end to the search for healthcare in India;
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in enabling the development of local capacities – teachers, healthcare workers, engineers, journeymen, lawyers, pharmacists, farmers, artists, philosophers, and entrepreneurs;
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in bringing education to peasants in Akwa Ibom countryside…rethinking education, not just quantitatively, but qualitatively through sampling ratio schools siting model;
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in enabling creation of jobs and poverty alleviation;
The Akwa Ibom promise is kept in enabling safe communities, defending liberties and the pursuit of happiness.
When these things are made manifest, that is when the Akwa Ibom promise would have been kept indeed.
Godswill Obot Akpabio seeks to inflate his ego with worthless proclamations, awards, and banter of “Uncommon Transformation”. He wishes to talk about “Development” instead his profligacy!
The bar is too low, the waste is enormous, and the con is dark!
Money can’t buy you love! Money cannot cleanse this generational curse!! Ibanga.
Should Nigerians be frightened of Godswill Obot Akpabio?! You bet!
Just ask Ini Udonwa, ask John Udoedeghe, ask the kidnapped, and if the dead could talk, ask them too…Nigeria, be very afraid!
Godswill Obot Akpabio remains in the company of the likes of the infamous Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Mubutu Tsese Seko of Congo, Sadam Hussein of Iraq, and in recent time, the Syrian ruler Assad, who together with Godswill Obot Akpabio share a common trait: they suppress opposition with deadly force, they thrive on repression, human rights abuse, profligacy, and autocratic governance.
Be alert Nigeria, don’t be fooled by smoke screens and mirrors, and remember …..
Pity the Nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion,
Pity the Nation that wears cloth it does not weave,
Pity the Nation that eats bread it does not harvest,
Pity the Nation that drinks wine that flows not from its own wine-press.
Pity the Nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful,
Pity the Nation that despises passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening.
Pity the Nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral,
Boasts not except among its ruins,
And will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.
Pity the Nation whose statesman is a Fox and a “Master of Cold Cases”,
Whose philosopher is a juggler and “Treasury Bugler”,
And whose art is the art of murder, kidnapping, and intimidation.
Pity the Nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.
Adapted from Khalil Gibran
*The Garden of the Prophet* (1934)
Who We Are:
CCAIN are citizens and residents of the United States of America. All of us are working professionals while some are small business owners. Our common bond is that we are all originally from Akwa Ibom State (one of the states in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria) who, at different times, migrated to the United States of America. All of us are strong advocates for a better Nigeria through effective leadership, guided by the rule of law and the principles of participatory democracy. Unfortunately, we have watched in great despair as our home country, Nigeria, has continued to deteriorate with successive corrupt and repressive leadership.
CCAIN understands the seriousness of our action and assert that we are guided by our desire for good governance, passion for and commitment to the rule of law in Nigeria. We also affirm our desire for the rule of law in our chosen home – the United States of America.
If you need further information, please contact Obong Umana of CCAIN at 586-260-7506 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at CCAIN thank you in anticipation that you will carefully review the contents of this communication as youcontemplate the democracy project.
Make your own judgment and come to your own conclusions regarding Mr. Akpabio’s leadership of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria.
When called upon, please commit your resources (money and time) toward this cause, the Democracy Project.