By: Udom Etete

Centuries ago, the Holy Bible predicted an advent of perilous time. No date, day, season or year was specifically mentioned. From the turn of events in the Nigerian society, the Bible seems to have an inkling of this time as a perilous one due to the fast-changing idiosyncrasies and eroding values within the? political culture.

For instance, 2Timothy 3:1-4 clearly states “But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves (you can say selfish), lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers.. Unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong…” These traits and attributes are made manifest in the lives of some Nigerian and Akwa Ibom politicians as most of them employ intrigues, subterfuge, falsehood, tirades, hate, manipulations and scheming to achieve their perceived interests. For a moment, they can bury moral rectitude and dump religious toga to get at their enemies all in the name of politics.

In recent times, some aggrieved politicians have deviously and mischievously flooded some tabloids and social media sites while others have fired salvos at Akwa Ibom Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio as the enfant terrible in the polity of the country and in Akwa Ibom. For example, it has been published by some tabloids that the Governor has lost favor with President Goodluck Jonathan and has been barred from entering Aso Rock.? What a way to be economical with the truth! Such unfounded rumour and tendentious lies were certainly peddled by political contractors for want of what to do. One may ask: What offence has he committed against the President or the Presidency to warrant the purported banishment? As a state Governor,? his right of access to the Presidency on issues of national importance must be seen as an act of patriotism. But his frequency to the seat of power has been wrongly construed by his detractors and merchants of? mischief.

Again, the state is abuzz with accusations, counter-accusations and allegations that the Governor is supporting the zoning of Governorship slot in the state in 2015 to Eket Senatorial District. Actually, Akpabio put a voice vote to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates to Abuja and of course during an inter- denominational service that marked the 26th state creation anniversary at Ibom Hall ground.

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