Akwa Ibom Crisis: Akpabio and Jonathan's Shoot-at-Sight Order
Dear Editor, If what Governor Akpabio quoted President Jonathan to have said is correct, then both of them are livid with PDP government's double-standard syndrome. The onus is on President Jonathan to deny that he did not ask Governor Akpabio to say that Akwa Ibom indigenes should be shot-at-sight in what crisis the PDP members started in Ikot Ekpene and it later spread in a reprisal attack by the ACN supporters in Uyo.
People had been killed in Ikot Ekpene on orders given by Akpabio, his aides and PDP members that no other party should be allowed to campaign in Annang land? What an order; when Akpabio campaigns freely in all lands in Akwa Ibom with no much crowd attending?
If President Jonathan could order such action to be taken on peace-loving Akwa Ibom people who were only provoked by the President's party, what has he done in the situation in Plateau and Borno States where hundreds of persons and billions of Naira properties are being wasted on daily basis?
The federal government could not give shoot-at-sight orders to the military men and other security agencies that have been playing ding-dong over there. This gives out PDP governments' support for insecurity in the land. The President and the Inspector General of Police Ringim on the advice of the retired Deputy Inspector of Police, Udom Ekpoudom of Akpabio's ethnicity suddenly changed the hard-working Akwa Ibom Commissioner Sani Magaji who has stayed barely three months, with one Chris Uyanna with the aim of doing Akpabio's bidding during the election, against those he is supposed to be governing.
The news filtering even suggests that the vehicles burnt at the Uyo secretariat were masterminded by some members of the ruling party. This was designed to give impression that opposition was responsible. It is not auguring well that Governor Akpabio is fanning the ember of ethnicity in the land. It is necessary that President Jonathan should not consider selfish, partisanship in dealing with matters of this nature and other matters of national interest.
Chief Patrick Umoette,
358 Awolowo Way,
IKEJA, Lagos State