Journalists in Akwa Ibom State under the aegies of Eket Federal Constituency Media Professionals, EFCMP have raised alarm over alleged plot by those it refers to as blood tasty desperate power seekers to truncate the prevailing peace being enjoyed in the State.
Recall that the Punch, Nation, Sun Newspapers and some other national dailies had on Thursday 10th february, 2022 carried a news story of threats by a militant group that goes with the name, ‘Unyekisong Akwa Ibom’ threatening to unleash violence on the state should the Governor fail to withdraw support for Pastor Umo Eno, one of the aspiring Governorship aspirants.
In a statement jointly endorsed on-behalf of the Eket Media Professionals by the Chairman, Jerry Edoho, Secretary, Mfon Bassey and the Publicity Secretary, Edet Edet, the EFCMP wants the police to launch an investigation into the threat with a view to bringing those behind the threats and their sponsors to book.
The group warns that any attempt to disrupt the peace of the state would be strongly resisted by Akwa Ibom people.
The open letter addressed to the IGP reads in part:
“There is no doubt from the content of the threats as captured in that publication, that ‘Unyekisong Akwa Ibom’ and other incubating structures envisaged in this political season is already known to be a political tool that is being wielded by desperate and selfish persons, who think the 2023 gubernatorial seat is the exclusive right of their Federal Constituency.
“Those threats impinge on the collective knowledge of acceptability of the Governor’s preferred choice of successor in Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, across all strata of Akwa Ibom people hence, the reason we issue this swift response.
“The sudden proposition of anarchy on Akwa Ibom to satisfy some selfish power mongers, is archaic, barbaric and calls for an intense security measure to avert this angst on a state with the peace trademark.
“It is an acceptable fact that for the past years, Akwa Ibom people have enjoyed a new narrative of peace and security and the burden of thoughts of reneging into such chaotic system is unthinkable, devastating and unimaginable.
“The tale of this bloodlust desperate power seekers, purposeless leaders with myopic vision, is synonymous with the tales of the gods of destruction in the Greek mythology.
“It could be recalled that the Greek god of destruction (Perses) was worshipped for the devastation and disorder in the land, and such is the intent of the faceless splinter group named Unyekisong, contracted to bring violence and threatening the life of His Excellency and the peace model State, and such act should be vehemently condemned and discountenanced by every Akwa Ibom sons and daughters.
“Akwa Ibom State cannot be on the erstwhile lane of violence and engraved vicissitude, which retracted the pace of growth and development in our State for some time before His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel mounted the saddle of leadership.
“Restoring such days of incivility and barbarism will portray us as people of undiscerning lineage.
“On this note, we make bold to say that the choice of Pastor Umo Bassey Eno as the preferred successor as adopted by the stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party and presented by His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel does not warrant threats from any blood sucking demon.
“We therefore call on the Inspector General of police, Usman Akhali Baba PSC (+), NPM, FDC, who witnessed and testified of the peaceful environment during the recently concluded Police Retreat in Akwa Ibom State, as a matter of urgency, to rise to the occasion and bring every single element behind the issued threat notice, and their sponsors to book.
“No son of Adam has the right to truncate or even attempt to truncate the peaceful coexistence of Akwa Ibom people,” they averred.
The media group wanted the perpetrators and their sponsors to be made to face the full wrath of the law.