Years ago, a scholar postulated that the Akwa Ibom society is an “atomistic society, always at war with itself”. I disagreed with that postulation. I was very young by then, and the experiences I now have were alien to me back then. Looking back, I have to sadly admit that the scholar was right after all.
I have observed that the average Akwa Ibom man roars like a fearless warrior whenever he has issues with his kith and kin but tucks away when confronted by someone from another tribe. Last night, the social media was awash with countless posts celebrating the supposed ” arrest” of Senator Godswill Akpabio, immediate past Gov. of our dear State, Akwa Ibom.
Of course, the distinguished Senator/uncommon former Governor was at the EFCC office to honour an invitation like every law abiding citizen does and thereafter went home. Detractors twisted the story for whatever gains they hoped to achieve. This is normal and understandable I must say. Propaganda, blackmail, and mudslinging are part of the game. Every political practitioner knows this. If you are an outstanding political achiever like Senator Akpabio is, you should expect this once in a while. So no issue.
It however becomes an issue when it is taken to the extreme. I was saddened to notice that most of the posts celebrating the Senator’s alleged arrest were from Akwa Ibom people. With the same mouth they said “Hail the Messiah”, they are now saying ” Crucify Him”. I recall that these same people who have suddenly become Facebook anti-corruption agents kept mute when Timipreye Sylva, a former Governor of Bayelsa and presently the Standard Bearer of the APC in the upcoming gubernatorial elections in that State faced corruption charges by the EFCC; charges which were later dropped by the Buhari administration as a reward to a political benefactor and protégé.
I therefore ask “is their Facebook anti-corruption crusade limited to the territorial boundaries of Akwa Ibom alone?” Why do we delight in the downfall of one of us, while hoping for luck to shine on us someday? I dare to ask “Is there anyone in this state who can beat his chest and swear that he hasn’t been touched by the Akpabio administration?” Today Akwa Ibom is adorned with good roads and state of the art infrastructure. I guess none of you wishing the man evil has plied those roads or used those infrastructures abi?
Before you misconstrue me, let me say that a sterling performance in office is no justification for a public officer to loot public funds. If the man has a case to answer, the law will take its course. It’s none of your business. His downfall will not put the next meal on your table. Instead of engaging your brain constructively on how to conquer the existential problems bedeviling you, you are idling away by wishing evil on a man who has etched his name and that of his generation in gold. I hereby state categorically that if you had a grand father like Godswill Akpabio you would have made more accomplishments than you have right now.
So stand up. Dakkada and be the grand father that your grandchildren will be proud of in years to come. Don’t wish evil on another, for what goes around comes around. Instead of burning your data on frivolous posts, I advice you to engage yourself with beneficial researches on how to make money via the social media. Linda Ikeji just acquired a mansion worth millions for herself. A mansion acquired with money made with the same internet data you burn on propaganda and futile updates.
Again I ask, “WHY DO THE HEATHEN RAGE AND THE PEOPLE IMAGINE A VAIN THING” ?
-Comrade Ubon Marcus
October 17, 2015
(Ubon Marcus is a sociopolitical analyst and critical thinker)