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Gov. Emmanuel Sues For Support to New Ibibio Supreme Monarch (Photos)

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Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has called for maximum respect and honour for the newly installed Paramount Ruler of Oku Ibom and President General, Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers (Ifim Ibibio), HRM Nteyin Solomon D. Etuk.

The governor gave the charge today at Asan Ibibio during the installation ceremony of a new Oku Ibom.

The coronation will be done on a later date.

Gov. Emmanuel said the traditional institution should be treated with dignity, adding that any attempt to disrespect the traditional stool will not be tolerated. “This is a reverred stool, let us accord it due respect. No Akwa Ibom son or daughter will accept any insult on this stool,” said the governor.

Udom prayed God to bless the new Oku Ibom with long life so that many can tap from his well of wisdom. While thanking God for the success of the event, he commended the efforts of Obong Victor Attah in making the day a reality.

Governor Emmanuel, said he had looked forward to the occasion, adding that Ibibio people now have someone they can run to for advise.

In his address, the newly installed Oku Ibom, Edidem Solomon Etuk, thanked God for the day, especially for making it possible for the people to gather in a harmonious atmosphere for the occasion.

He paid tributes to Royal Fathers for deeming it fit to choose him as the first amongst equals. “It is a great honour that I do not take for granted.”

He also commended Assembly of Clan Heads, Mboho Mme Eteidung, Mboho Mme Obong Ekpuk, Ntisong Akwa Esop Imaisong, among others for always supporting the course of Ibibio land.

He called on all sons and daughters of Ibibio Nation to come together and forge a strong bond of unity for greater glory of Ibibio land, urging that there’s should be no compromise on the unity of the people.

While thanking Ibibio monarchs for selecting him for the position, he noted that with their support and corporation, he will not let the people down.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Paramount Ruler of Onna, Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang, Secretary, the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers, said that Ibibio Union was the first organization in Nigeria that preached unity and development in education and other sectors.

Edidem Inyang, said that Ibibio Union was equally the first to demand a state of its own in the country, adding that it was also the Union that sponsored her children abroad for studies from across all parts of the state.

He stated that the gathering is meant to “show the Ibibio Nation that the torch that was lit by our forefathers is burning aglow – it is still burning.”

He described the new Oku Ibom as a humble man with an impeccable character and God fearing. Edidem Inyang, said that a new vista has been opened for Ibibio people to respect, unite and corporate to bring fruition to the hopes and aspirations of the Oku Ibom for the people which he said will be unfolded soon.

In his vote of thanks, Chairman of the Central Planning Committee and Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr. Onofiok Luke, thanked Nteyin Solomon Etuk for accepting to be the Oku Ibom.

He acknowledged the support of Governor Emmanuel and for contributing to the successful planning and execution of the event, noting that the governor had insisted on a peaceful selection process, which he said, was actualised.

He thanked all who contributed in various ways to the success of the occasion, while commending the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi, Edidem Udo Joe Ntuk Obom, for his efforts geared towards ensuring peace and stability in the traditional institution.

The traditional rites/proclamation of the Oku Ibom was followed by traditional obeisance where Governor Emmanuel led other dignitaries to symbolically greet and show respect to the new Oku Ibom. The Oku Ibom, in turn, offered blessings to all.

Several side attractions including traditional dances, spiced up the occasion.

By Kenneth Jude

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I can cause trouble for Nigeria if provoked —Nnamdi Kanu

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Leader of the now proscribed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has asked the Federal Government  not to provoke him as he has the power to foment trouble that will make Nigeria ungovernable.

Kanu said this in a statement he issued over the weekend while reacting to the recent revocation of his bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja. The court in its ruling, said it has given the order because Kanu had failed to appear in court after his bail was granted in April 2017.  

Kanu in his statement, described an alleged plan by the Federal Government to arrest him with the International Police as an effort in futility, stressing that he is a British citizen and so could not be subjected to any Nigerian law.

His statement in part reads

“I am not a Nigerian citizen; therefore, your bail revocation is completely meaningless to me. My devotion to the absolute and puritanical pursuit of the total restoration of the sovereignty of the Republic of Biafra is unwavering. 

My lawyers are waiting for an Interpol red notice against my name and all hell will break loose. If the intention of Binta Nyako is to curtail my travels, thereby limiting IPOB diplomatic offensive, then let me assure Biafrans that our enemies have failed.

“Should they request Interpol intervention in this matter, I will give my lawyers here in the UK the instructions we need to launch a no-holds-barred legal assault against Nigeria.

“So, I am waiting for them. Europe and Interpol are not a bunch of wild beasts like Nigerian law courts and her security services. In Europe there is rule of law which is also binding on Interpol. 

The treasonable felony charge they levelled against me is not a crime that could be committed by merely carrying Biafran flag about and preaching secession, but one that could only be committed using guns, bombs and other weapons, which my group has never been associated with. I warn the Federal Government not to dare me because I’m capable of causing trouble for Nigeria.”

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‘Saboteurs’ did not want us to meet with Buhari – CAN respond to critics

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The President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has described as saboteurs those who attempted to prevent the association from paying congratulatory visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.  

Ayokunle spoke to State House correspondents after the leadership of CAN visited President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, yesterday as he dismissed allegations that pressure was mounted on CAN leaders to congratulate the president on his re-election.  

“Saboteurs didn’t want us to come here (Aso Rock); we are old enough to know what to do and what not to do. If somebody like me after 60 years of age will be under pressure, then it means that my life will never have meaning again.  

But by the grace of God we have a meaningful life, I know what to do. By God’s grace, He has prepared me well for this assignment. So, those detractors and politicians in cassock should go and find better job to do.’’ He said.

Ayokunle said that CAN leadership was in the villa, not only to congratulate the president on his re-election but, to remind him of what Nigerians were yearning for, as they wanted him to perform 100 per cent better than the first term.  

He, therefore, advised the president to consider only the best Nigerians while constituting his new cabinet, stressing that he should do more to address socio-economic challenges facing the citizens.

“Now, he has mastered the job; he has mustered enough strength to be able to go full swing into action. We want him to do more on security- kidnappings almost everywhere and the issue of insurgency in the northeast; the insurgents should be silenced once and for all.  

“These ethnic militias that have now moved to the northwest which used to be peaceful and they are now causing violence there – before they grow wings, their wings should be clipped completely,’’ he said.

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Zaki Ahmed appointed as new commissioner of police in Akwa Ibom State

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The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has approved the posting of a new commissioner of police to Akwa Ibom State.  

The newly posted police commissioner, CP. Zaki Ahmed, who is the 27th commissioner of police in Akwa Ibom State, took over from CP Bashir Makama who has been redeployed to Ogun State.  

The command’s public relations officer DSP MacDon Ogbeche who disclosed this in a press statement issued over the weekend said CP. Zaki until his redeployment to Akwa Ibom state was the commissioner of police, Rivers State.  

Ogbeche in reeling out the CP’s profile said, “The Police Boss for the State holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Sociology from the Usman-Danfodio University, Sokoto and a Masters Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (MLC) from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.  

“He was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1988 and has served the Force in various capacities. Before his present appointment, he was the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, Rivers State Police Command.  

“Deputy Commissioner of Police. Operations, Delta State Police Command. Commandant, Police Detective College, Enugu. Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Police Command.  

“Before his present appointment, he was the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command. He has assumed duty as the 27th Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State.” 

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