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The Absurd Jibe of Akwa Ibom’s “Private Jet” Governor

What will we not hear from our effusively childish modern politicians?

Last week , Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State was so proud of his achievement as the first Akwa Ibom son to fly a private jet to his state from Lagos before he became their Number One citizen.

He said “those who came back to Akwa Ibom State through night bus and the ones who came back through chartered flight, are they the same?”

If Nigeria is a country where people reward achievements, I think Mr Udom Emmanuel deserves one.

Or is it not an achievement to fly a private jet to see one’s parents in a mud house? Is it not an achievement to fly a private jet to where you have no single building before you became governor?
This is one of the hazards of promoting individuals beyond their intellectual capacity.
Most renowned politicians started their lives as nobodies.
I am sure Chief Awolowo did not fly a private jet to Ibadan when he became Premier of the Western State, neither did the Sardauna of Sokoto nor Chieif Azikwe.
It is so disheartening that our politicians have brought governance to this level.

Mr Udom does not know the difference between the politics of elites and that of the masses. In his own opinion, he has no business with the masses as long as he continues to fly his private jet.

My mother taught me a popular Yoruba adage that says “ọmọ ti a ko tọ́ ni yo gbe ile ti a kọ́ ta”, meaning that a child that we do not bring up well, will eventually sell the house we build at a giveaway price.

That is the irony of what they are passing through in Akwa Ibom State. Their Governor sees himself as an elite Governor, he turned governance to that of the elites by the elites for the elites. Whenever he wakes up in the Government House and remembers that he flew a private jet to Akwa Ibom, he is pleased and his ego is satisfied. That to him is an achievement.
He sees himself as someone who is more fortunate than the man who came to Akwa Ibom in a night bus. He doesn’t have any contact with the masses of his state . He is running his goverment on the air . His achievements are also in the air. What an irony of an empty headed leader!
The road to his village was constructed by a man who came in a night bus.The bridge that leads to his father’s house was constructed by a night bus man. The airport where he landed his rented private jet was comissioned by a night bus man. The person he calls a night bus man is a friend of the masses, a grass root politician who eats and dines with the masses because he belongs to them.
He is not like a private jet passanger who doesn’t have feelings for the poor because he doesn’t belong to them.

The gods are not to blame, this is where we have found ourselves in this country where we always elect people who have no connection with the masses. They don’t feel the pains we are going through. They don’t know the prices of yam, garri and plantain in the market. They import their food through their private jets.

Besides, if Emmanuel Udom is upset at his gold medal award as “Governor do Nothing”, he should not take out his frustrations on Godswill Akpabio. He should face the umpire who gave him the award, The Ex-Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Obong Victor Attah.

Akpabio who rode to Akwa Ibom State in a night bus is however unique. He is such a different man. He has little but gives so much to his people.
He is not in the state because of the elite and private jet passangers but on a mission to transform his people into private jet owners and not passangers.

Akpabio’s life reminds me of that of Che Guevara the young Argentinian doctor who fought all over Latin America for the liberation of his people without much consideration for his personal gain or safety.

He is such a committed man that he will never think of working against his people. His life is all about the welfare of people of Akwa Ibom. His mantra is always “I am an Akwa Ibom man first and then a Nigerian citizen”.

Like the scripture says, ”many are the tribulations of the righteous but the Lord delivers him from them all”.
The good Lord will surely deliver Akpabio from the unwarranted insults from people who denied being beneficiaries of his goodness and indeed joined detractors and political opponents to malign, castigate, denigrate, and condemn him.

Wole Arisekola

‘We Didn’t Arrest Tunde Ayeni, He Was Only Invited For Questioning’ EFCC Clarifies

Following recent reports published by a national daily, that the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has detained a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc., (now Polaris Bank) Mr. Tunde Ayeni, for alleged fraud, it has been reliably discovered that Tunde Ayeni was only invited for questioning at the Abuja office of the commission on Tuesday. Confirming the development, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, said Ayeni was only being grilled by detectives over some issues related to fraud and embezzlement allegedly committed by Ayeni when he was Chairman of the bank few years ago. ”I can confirm that he is in our custody on an invitation, for questioning and interrogation. More information will be released tomorrow,” he said.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had entered into an agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, to check out some banks and its officials, who facilitated the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), NDIC and AMCON had revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank following its financial instability, thus necessitating the regulators to rename it Polaris Bank and a capital injection of about $2billion.

‘Iyalode Abiodun Used Her Personality To Enhance Socio-cultural Quality Of Ibadan’ -Seyi Makinde

The gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has expressed sadness at the demise of the Iyalode of Ibadanland, Alhaja Aminat Abiodun.
In a statement from his campaign organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, the PDP flagbearer said that while alive, she deployed her charisma, wealth, courage and personality to enhance the socio-cultural quality of Ibadanland and upheld the long held tradition of a people known for their liberal coexistence with others who reside in the sprawling land of opportunities.
Makinde said that “the Iyalode will be sorely missed at a period like this when our people are poised to take crucial decisions that will affect the political landscape of Oyo State”.
He condoled with the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Olubadan-in-council, of which the deceased was a member, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes and the entire people of the great city. He prayed that God would give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

SOMETHING BIG IS COMING!

Something big is coming soon.

And it is all about style, everything about style.

It will redefine style and elegance.

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Big players in the style industry home and abroad have signed up for the event.

It promises to be a never seen before

And when it will happen?…very soon

FACES AT MOLJENGO KALTUNGO’s DAUGHTER CALL TO BAR CELEBRATION IN ABUJA

UYO BASED JOURNALIST ARRESTED OVER FAKE NEWS

Obong Ndutim, the publisher of an online news portal, FactsReporter.com, a local content publishing website, based in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force.

It was learnt that men of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested him around the early hours of Monday, 3 December 2018.

The spokesperson for the Police Command in Uyo, DSP Odiko MacDon confirmed the arrest.

Odiko said, Obong Ndutim was arrested in connection with an alleged publishing of fake and damaging stories-cum-blackmailing of a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Godswill Akpabio.

It was gathered that the arrest followed a petition written by Senator Akpabio, alleging that Obong Ndutim’s website published an offensive and libelous story alleging that the senator was involved in money laundering with some Nigerian banks: titled ‘CBN probes Akpabio’s N865b unrecorded deposits in three banks.’

The police said the senator had earlier filed a complaint against the accused at the Uyo Police Command weeks back.

“Based on the statement and published story by the accused, we have thus arrested him at his residence on Monday,”a senior police officer said.

An insider also added that Obong Ndutim’s platform, (FactsReporters.com) has been using as tool to fuel negative information to the public to propagate false allegations on Senator Akpabio and his political associates.

“This is not the first story; there are several other news published on the platform ditto: ‘Akpabio, Ekere plot to sponsor attack on Gov’s billboards, instigate insecurity uncovered’ published on October 25, 2018 by Michael Asanga. ‘Mr Emmanuel: Senator Akpabio is set to destroy Oro Nation’; published on October 8, 2018, by Ulap Kingsley Offiong. Essien Udim chaos,Akpabio abducts ‘AKHA aspirant for opposing cult group’; published on October 3, 2018 by Editor; ‘Senator Godswill Akpabio: The Demystification of a Political Godfather’; published on August 13, 2018 by Ikennna Ekezie, from Port Harcourt.’_ Source disclosed.

Obong is now accordingly remanded in police custody, awaiting prosecution in a court of normal jurisdiction, and if found guilty, will be sentenced in line with Nigeria’s Constitution.

ATILADE ADELEKE BERTHS HUB CAFE IN IBADAN

The stylish CEO of Archifact Associates, Atilade Adeleke has a dream which is fast manifesting. The architect who is the brain behind some major lounges, bars and hotels in Nigeria has vowed to contribute his quota to the development and entertainment awareness of Ibadan.
The dream birthed the concept of the first modern sports lounge in the city called Hub Cafe.
Tucked inside the popular Adamasingba stadium, the Hub Cafe is aimed at becoming the melting pot of like minds, business people, professionals and social conscious people in Ibadan.
Atilade hinted that the Hub Cafe is not just a lounge, it will also serve as a showroom for his architectural pieces, furniture and kitchen needs, he also revealed his plans to launch the ALL RACKET ACADEMY with a mission to develop grass root racket games for the less privileged and children.
The official time-launch of the Hub Cafe is the 21st of December, 2018.