From Idongesit Inyang
The Presiding Bishop of the Christian Central Chapel International, city of testimonies, Calabar, has pleaded with Gov Udom Emmanuel not to leave office without actualizing the Dakkada philosophy he initiated as a policy of government.
Bishop Emmah Gospel Isong, who made the plea, at the weekend, said it was a divine inspiration meant to uplift and change the attitude of a typical Akwa Ibom person from a position of weakness, negativity and hatred to that of positive thought and greatness.
Isong, who was baring his mind with The Pioneer, in Calabar, on the achievements and assessment of Governor Emmanuel in the last seven years, reminded the governor to implement the philosophy and not to forget it while still administering the state in the next one year.
According to him, it will not be fair to abandon a noble vision like the Dakkada dream, which he said had started to expose an Akwa Ibom person to his deficiency, ignorance, disrespect and hatred to his or her fellow brother and sister.
The enforcement of the Dakkada philosophy in the next one year will help an average Akwa Ibom person to change from consumer to a producer, the cleric further stated, adding that itwill also change Akwa Ibom person from house help to housewife, from Okada rider to Okada producer.
Isong urged Governor Emmanuel to change the intrinsic nature of Akwa Ibom man from being perpetually antagonistic against himself, from hating his brother and preferring an outsider to his brother and of course being self sufficient.
Speaking on the choice of Pastor Umo Eno as his successor, Isong described it as the will of God, wondering why it has become an issue when other states including Cross River are doing the same thing.
Isong said that Umo Eno is not imposed on Akwa Ibom people and that is why he will be passing through nomination.Rather, he said it is the good intention of the governor which he said is justified after due consultations and prayers.
Isong, who is the national publicity of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), blamed all those who criticise the governor for the choice of Umo Eno and assured them of victory at the end of the whole exercise.
According to him, governors have the “first right in their political calculations to anoint their candidates,” praying that both the church and the people of Akwa Ibom should not be divided against itself because of the choice of any candidate.
He asked for calm and a violence-free approach to the issue and pleaded also that use of foul language should be avoided in the state at all times as “these politicians meet together even when all have thought that they are fighting.”
Isong said he supports zoning as it guarantees equity and of course peaceful rotation but against it because it does not guarantee capacity and credibility of candidates.
Speaking on the high cost of the nomination forms by the twomajor political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), Isong condemned it, describing it as expensive and outrageous in a country that is preaching against corruption.
He said that the decision makers in both political parties have really disappointed Nigerians in pegging the cost of the nomination forms.