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Umo Eno’s ‘That Same God Philosophy’ In Akwa Ibom

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By Sam-Loco Smith.

Since September 23, 1987, when the Military Administration of General Ibrahim Babangida, created the Akwa Ibom Abasi State, the state has been fortunate to be governed by purposefully driven and goal-getting military and democratically elected governors. Among them are; Tunde Ogbeha; Godwin Abbe; Idongesit Nkanga; Akpan Isemin; Yakubu Bako; Joseph Adeusi; John Ebiye; Obong Victor Attah; Godswill Akpabio and the incumbent Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.

Akwa Ibom Abasi state, “turned the corner” when Obong Victor Attah planted the seed of infrastructural developmental phenomenon that the impact has spread across the state till date.

Sequel to the fact that those that came after him have maintained and improved the momentum and the tempo. When it was time for the Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to pick the best man who would sustain the transformation agenda already set in motion by Obong Victor Attah since 1999, he did not disappoint. Gov Emmanuel, like his predecessors, starting from Atta to Godswill Akpabio and now himself, keyed into the already established tradition, kept his eyes on the ball, until he found Pastor Umo Eno; the immediate past Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources under the current administration in Akwa Ibom.

It is clear to every discerning mind that in Akwa Ibom State, there is a structural layout that pops up a cabinet member of the incumbent Governor to be endorsed by God and men to succeed his principal. From Akpabio to Udom and now, Eno, the thread has remained the same, and may probably not change any time soon.

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When tongue started wagging as to why the Governor’s choice was Eno, he did say that apart from finding in him the peaceful disposition, humility and exceptional capacity to continue with the development trajectory of his administration, God had chosen him.

He said: “Let me emphatically say that I mean well for this state and that is why I waited for God to show me the man who would continue with the pace of development strides we have started in the last seven years and even move the needle further.

“Pastor Umo Eno is a highly respected person. He has enormous capacity. He is an epitome of humility, and is blessed with the common touch, a compelling story and fear of God.”

“He is a successful entrepreneur who has employed our people and lifted thousands from poverty to prosperity. He will be coming to the office of the Governor with an economic blueprint that will further guarantee employment, development, and economic prosperity for our people. He is a man of peace and will ensure that the peace and security of life we have enjoyed in the last six years is maintained,” he stated.

The Governor noted that Eno’s life story resonates with the story of most ordinary Akwa Ibom people, having grown up in the barracks. “He came from the Police barracks, where, as he said during his Thanksgiving Service last year, life was dreary and hope seemed a distant ingredient. Through the Grace of God and hard work, he summoned hope, overcame his early life difficulties, and ended up as one of the biggest employers of labour in our state. His story is a testament to our Dakkada philosophy; one that will inspire and motivate our youths.”

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Stressing that Eno was chosen by God, the Governor insisted that he would never use God’s name in vain and enjoined all peace-loving and progress-minded Akwa Ibomites to rally around and support the man whom God has revealed as his successor.

Recall that in January, Gov Emmanuel ended months of speculations, anxiety and permutations, when he presented Pastor Eno to succeed him as directed by God. Also, recall that it was the former governor, Attah, who made the formal presentation of Eno to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders, comprising major and leading political chieftains from the three senatorial districts. They all applauded the choice and pledged to work with the Governor in 2023 to ensure victory for the party and the incoming Governor Eno.

Eno’s choice opened a floodgate of endorsements, corroborating Gov Emmanuel’s insistence that Eno was the choice of God and man. The Akwa Ibom State National Assembly caucus, the Akwa-Ibom State Executive Council, the Nigeria Labour Congress Akwa Ibom chapter and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and midwife (NANNM), Nigeria Union Local Government employee  (NULG), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and all Nigerian Confederation Principals of Secondary Schools  (ANCOPSS) and the PDP stakeholders in the state among others, all endorsed the choice of Eno as Gov Emmanuel’s successor.

Born some 58 years ago and bred in Police Ikeja Barracks, Eno acknowledged that he started from the lowest of the low as he was not born with a silver spoon. Conceding his achievements in life to the grace of God and dint of hard work, he said his upbringing in the barracks had offered him ample opportunity to understand the community and inter-tribal living, which are the twin weapons needed to succeed in governing a cosmopolitan state like Akwa Ibom. Eno’s humble disposition, honesty and hard work, inculcated in him by his parents coupled with his experience as a barracks boy combined to propel him to where he is today.

As the people of Akwa-Ibom State troop out on Saturday, March 11, to pick their Governor, Eno’s ‘Same God Philosophy,’ should be their watchword. The Akwa-Ibomites are constantly reminded that ‘That Same God,’ who led Attah to plant the transformation agenda in the state, recording unparalleled success stories, was the same God that helped Akpabio to water the plant the transformation agenda to maturity, thus leading a government that was widely known and identified with uncommon transformations. It was the same God that led Emmanuel to stand out among other governors in Nigeria.

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Gov Emmanuel superintends over the only state in Nigeria, and probably Africa, that has a functional airline, Ibom Air. Even Nigeria as a country does not have any airline. Ibom Air is the only airline that goes to almost all the state capitals in Nigeria and is now about to venture into international flight operations. It is ‘That Same God factor’ that has guided Gov Emmanuel to achieve such a feat and many others. The state has been blessed with innovative leaders as governors and each of them has performed creditably well, but Gov Emmanuel took it to another height with Ibom Air. Pastor Eno believes that it is that same God that has been with the predecessors that will be with him too as he takes over from Emmanuel on May 29, 2023.

During the flag-off of his campaign, in what he called ‘my contract with Akwa-Ibom people,’ he promised to spend the state’s resources to water the seeds of the people’s collective prosperity. He told them that his contract with them is couched in what he also called the A.R.I.S.E. Agenda, which includes among others his determination and preparedness to build on the legacies in the aviation sector, and ensure that Ibom Air is further strengthened to maintain its pacesetting role in the country, even as the state hopes to commence regional flights to other countries very soon. “We will build a cargo terminal and begin cargo flights along the west coast; a feat that will attract a lot of development to our dear state,” he added.

Espousing on his contract with the Akwa-Ibomites, which “That Same God Philosophy,” adumbrates, he said: “A contract to continue on the path of peace, security and development we have enjoyed in the last seven-plus years; a contract to create jobs for our people and enlarge our path for economic prosperity; a contract to maintain and advance our world-class infrastructure; a contract to ensure food security through agricultural revolution; a contract to ensure that our children are made ready and equipped to compete favourably with their counterparts all over the world, through advancements in educational curricular and the provision of the necessary tools to help drive the vision; a contract to stem rural-urban migration through robust investments in rural development, and a contract to ensure that our people continue to live in peace and that the sanctity of the human life would be protected through our security management.”

With Pastor Eno in the driver’s seat as the Akwa-Ibom State Governor, the Akwaibomites have been assured of a contract for peace, unity and brotherhood, as well as a contract whose finer details are couched in Christian virtues and values, and above all, a contract with God as the author and finisher of the life of every living soul.

Eno has everything going for him as the state goes into the 2023 governorship election. He is humble, large-hearted, hardworking, experienced in both the public and private sectors. He is a man of impeccable integrity and high moral standard, an obedient servant of God and above, God’s anointed. Akwa-Ibomites, behold your incoming Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, as of May 29, 2023.

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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States

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The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.

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“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”

 

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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life

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Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.

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While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”

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Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks

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The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.

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DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.

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ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

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  • Source: Independent

 

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