The recent emotional outburst, diatribes and blame by one Ikpafak Thompson Essien?resident in United States of America of Ibibio stock in some social media and Ibom Global against Akwa Ibom Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio are unwarranted, biased and inciting.

In a publication entitled “A letter to Godswill Akpabio: Ibibio dares you to Frame-up Umana Okon Umana”, Essien blatantly used such provocative and insulting words as “madness”, “nonsense” and “be warned” on the office of the Governor and the person of Akpabio. Can reasonable and responsible parents use?these negative words?on their children without a re-think on the evocative power such may have in their life? In a saner clime, can Essien heap insult and spread hate message against a sitting Governor or President in USA (where he is said to be residing) and the law of the land will allow him to walk as a free man without being deported?
The tone of the letter apparently shows how despicable Essien is in character, debasing in mannerism and deficient in good upbringing by his outright disdain to the exalted Office of a Governor and utter disrespect to the person of Chief Akpabio. He must have forgotten the Biblical injunction which states in Romans 13:1-2 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation”.?His condemnation of Akpabio has therefore earned him divine judgment. As a subject of the Governor in the Diaspora, he is enjoined to obey constituted authority which Akpabio represents and stop fanning the embers of discord.
In the said publication, Essien naively portrayed himself as spokesman of Ibibio nation, the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria with very enlightened, reasonable, hard-working, literate and respectable people. Assuming Essien is the spokesperson, who made him a king over millions of the Ibibio at home in the Diaspora? Is he aware that Ibibio has two sitting Oku Ibom Ibibio, notable public figures, and renowned political leaders? Can a king reside in a foreign land (as he is purportedly residing in Portland, Oregon) to call shots at home- Akwa Ibom?
Again, Essien has abjectly placed himself as a jury and a judge in a matter he does not investigate and knows nothing about except that he claims to be a soothsayer. He ignorantly begged the question by blaming some murders (though he foolishly tagged them as assassinations) in the state on the Governor. How can a person deliberately and aimlessly cast aspersions, character assassinations and false accusations on the Governor as a serial murderer? Is he aware that the man had sworn an Oath of office to uphold sanctity of life as contained in the Nigerian Constitution? He is in a better position to know who the real murderer is as the Governor is serving his second indeed last term in office and is therefore not desperate for power. His baseless allegations and fallacious statements are mere hearsays, venoms and unfounded rumours usually peddled by traders of Akpan Andem Market in Uyo. Unfortunately, he has fallen into web of these idle talk-before-they-hear people. What a shame to a man in Oyibo country!
In what could be regarded as ranting of a frustrated and mentally deranged person, Essien extensively employed tribal jingoism and coloration to win sympathy of the gullible and unsuspecting readers.? Governor Akpabio was massively elected by more than one million eligible voters from Ibibio, Annang, Oron and other dialectal clans. He is not answerable to any tribe neither does he oppress people based on their tribe. He is a Governor of all. He sites development projects evenly on the soil of the 31 LGAs. Therefore for him to talk for Ibibio alone shows how myopic he is and reveals his clandestine mission to sow seeds of discord among the peace-loving people of Akwa Ibom.

It is unfortunate that Essien, the self-acclaimed defender of the oppressed and voice of the masses has subtly wept more than the bereaved. Is he crying because he hails from Nsit Ubium like Umana Okon Umana, the immediate past Secretary to Akwa Ibom Government? Is he weeping because he is the unauthorized chief security officer or unnamed press secretary to Umana? Has he suddenly found a new job in Uyo as the mouthpiece (or is he a megaphone) after the exit of his kinsman from government and after he has remained jobless in the USA crowded labour market for years now? Is he a political leader? Perhaps, he is craving for recognition, is he a campaigner-in-chief for Umana? But then, he can stay there and do any dirty, yes menial job of writing falsehood. If he comes home, he will become jobless again as Governor Akpabio has closed albeit permanently the booming market of petition and fiction writings through the provision of endurable infrastructure in the state.

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The Holy Book?must have kept Essien in view as stated in Proverbs?6:16-19 “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” was written years ago.

Though he is presumed to be a Christian, he may not have read or known the seven things, yes these six things which the Lord hates: A proud look, a lying tongue, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies and he that soweth discord among brethren. Otherwise, he would not have engaged in hatchet man’s job that has taken a toll on his positive mental attitude and has driven a hole into his little reputation.? In fact, he is culpable of all these acts of misdemeanour which are prejudicial to good conduct and sound mind and proper upbringing. From all intents and purposes, Essien is an acerbic critic, incurable liar, mischief maker, tribal jingoist and resentful person whose stock-in-trade is campaign of calumny and smear technique against individuals. His writing tone, thought flow and warped reasoning sum him up as a person in acute state of dementia who should be consigned to a rehab home in USA for a long time.
Source: Udom Etete

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