Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel, vows to unleash youth on ‘idiots’ criticising govt

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has threatened to unleash militant youth on opposition elements in the state who would dare to criticise him and his administration in 2017.

Mr. Emmanuel made the shocking remarks on Monday during a state-sponsored religious ceremony – the Annual Akwa Ibom State Solemn Assembly – meant to usher in peace and unity in the state for the New Year.

The immediate past governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, the president, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Olasupo Ayokunle, and several other Christian leaders were present in the ceremony which took place at the Ibom Hall grounds, IBB Avenue, Uyo.

Several youth groups and women groups also attended the ceremony.

“In 2017, any Akwa Ibom son or daughter, if you have been given appointment anywhere, thank God for your appointment,” the governor said.

“If you use your appointment to come into the state and cause disunity, I can reassure you I have the full assurances of the youths, any idiot who will come forthwith to make any nonsense proclamation in the state, the youths will not let him go.”

The crowd, mostly youth, immediately went into frenzy, jubilating.

Ironically, Mr. Emmanuel, a former Zenith Bank director, has been receiving praises in the past one year for restoring peace and security in the state which was fast becoming notorious for kidnapping and assassination.

Under his predecessor, Mr. Akpabio’s eight-year rule, Akwa Ibom, a once peaceful oil-rich state, became known for high-profile kidnappings and unresolved assassinations. Most of the victims were known critics of the government. Mr. Akpabio is now the Senate Minority Leader.

Mr. Emmanuel said he was not happy that people were taking his humility for granted.

“As a good leader you must show humility, but let no one take that for granted in 2017. It shall not be tolerated,” the governor said.

“Youths, do you agree with me?” The governor shouted.

“Yeah!” The crowd responded.

Governor Emmanuel’s remarks appeared targeted at the leading figures in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state like the Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority and the party’s 2015 governorship candidate in the state, Umana Umana, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the former deputy governor of the state, Nsima Ekere, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang.

On Saturday, Mr. Enang, during a radio interview in Uyo, had accused the governor of blackmailing the APC-led national government and accusing it of being responsible for the economic woes of the state.

Another APC leader in the state, John Udoedehe, recently told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Emmanuel’s administration was a continuation of his predecessor, Mr. Akpabio’s government, and that the people weren’t free under the current administration in the state.

“We are not free. We have been strangled. We are under a snare, and we must get out of it,” said Mr. Udoedehe, a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory, and a former senator.

The governor, in his speech on Monday, repeatedly referred to himself as “the Spiritual Leader of the State” and “The Oracle of God”.

The governor wished the people a happy new year, and assured them that 2017 would be great.

“I know that God will show mercy to us as a people.

“Let me warn, those who perpetuate all forms of mischief in our state will not benefit from the mercy of God this year,” he said.

“Whether you say ‘amen’ or not, I am talking as the oracle of God.

“Any mischief maker will not participate in the mercy of God this year.

“Clearly, it could be raining here, but does not rain on the other road, which means to whom God will show mercy He will show mercy.

“All those that spread falsehood, let me warn you, if you don’t repent, the mercy of God will not reach you,” the governor said.

During the ceremony, a popular Calabar-based pastor, Emah Isong, prayed for the unity of the state.

Mr. Isong told the gathering that without the leaders and the people remaining humble, that the state would not be united.

He asked participants at the ceremony to hug one another as a symbolic sign of humility, peace and unity in the state.


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  • princegab

    Akpabio, old wine in new skin. Leadership in disarry.

  • thusspokez

    Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, has threatened to unleash militant youth on opposition elements in the state who would dare to criticise him and his administration in 2017.

    This first-class coward and imþecile wouldn’t risk his own life but would sacrifice the lives of other people’s children?

    The first-class looter Amaechi made similar comment during the Rivers’ state election. Why are these backward people not arrested and prosecuted by the Nigerian law enforcement agencies for incitement to violence?

    You say things like this in advanced countries, and you could end up in prison. When will Nigerian politicians start behaving like civilised people? And when will the Nigerian law enforcement agencies start acting like professional and effective organisations?

    • musa aliyu

      So if amaechi did wrong U expect everyone to do same, meaning two wrongs can make a righr

      • KennBest

        Read his comments again. He’s condemning Emmanuel’s threat just like Amechi’s.

        • thusspokez

          Expect that from the Amaechi followers; their understanding and usage of the English language is as bad as Amaechi’s.

          • Yemi

            I’m sure that you confuse your ignorance with incisive analysis.

          • thusspokez

            Is this your counter argument or like many Nigerians, you lack the wherewithal to argue your point?

    • SB

      “You say things like this in advanced countries, and you could end up in prison. When will Nigerian politicians start behaving like civilised people?”

      i remember donald trump (the now leader of one of the world’s most “advanced” countries) saying even worse things…also “advanced countries” dont lock people up for saying things..its called freedom of speech

      • Trump Man

        Stop it. Don’t insult Trump. He never threatened violence against his critics

    • SB

      p.s. its incitement OF violence not incitement TO violence

      • Michael

        The guy doesn’t really understand English but thinks he does. He is some kind of a low life masquerading as a non Nigerian.

      • Onike24

        I don’t agree with his opinions but he is quite right; It is Inciment to violence not incitement of violence, incitement to violence is a specific criminal offence.

        • thusspokez

          And here is your proof:

          incitement to violence: google references 343,000
          incitement of violence: google references 95,800 <—- No doubt, @SB would be one of them

          • Onike24

            I don’t need proof.

      • thusspokez

        I repeat: incitement to violence

        Typical Nigerian ultracrepidarian with little understanding of the English language embarrassing himself or herself.

        • Rommel

          So the honorable Chibuike Amaechi asking why law enforcement agencies were not arresting people he gave a certain categorization and what this Udom Emmanuel said by asking youths to attack opposition are similar in your understanding?

          • thusspokez

            Why do so many of you have poor understanding of the English language?

          • Rommel

            You tell me

        • Ime Udofia

          You are right. The correct word is incitement to violence.

  • Eze

    have we not entered one chance in this country? how can a gov make such a reckless statement? God is surely on the throne. He will see us through. that’s all I can say

  • KennBest

    Threat in the house of God. A mad dog is about to be let loose. Power has reached his hands and its time to unleash. Emmanuel, we all know how Akpabio made you governor in a massively rigged election. So humble yourself and rule in peace before God makes you eat grass like Nebuchadnezzar.

  • marc umeh

    Unbelievable. Nobody walked out on him when he started uttering this nonsense.
    This is beyond pale.!!!!!!

    • MoneyTalks

      Walk out on him? What if they had collected some cool cash?

  • Otile

    This is how Northern politicians created Boko Haram. They harnessed unemployed youth power to wrestle and keep power, but it is now impossible to get rid of the rampaging Islamic youths. The coming of Buhari has ultimately paved the way to hell fire. God save us.

  • Arabakpura

    Talk about worshipping God and mammon at the same time! The man in one sentence nullified all the blessings bestowed on the gathering by several men of God! …but Emmanuel has survived this long without scandal because of his perceived humility and now he wants to deflower himself!

  • design

    The day of his reckoning is coming. He is an evil man!

  • Michael

    These primitive monkeys are not aware that opposition and criticism is how democracy works. Their answer particularly in this region of the country is violence. Best we all go our separate ways.

  • CeeCee1818

    We have a Mugabe in the making, my goodness.

  • Debaptist

    People read the Bible without learning any lesson from the cloud of witnesses as recorded in the Scriptures, anyone who remembers what happened to the king who attempted to usurp the office of the priest will be careful what he ascribes to himself. We have seen the governor declaring himself as the oracle of God, trying to identify those who will be qualified for God’s mercy and those he will not ‘allow God to show mercy’, what more evidence do we need to know where this man is heading?

    • Undertaker

      his a spiritual leader courtesy of the juju he was made to swear before becoming a Governor .

      • ACTION MAN

        That will soon fail him. I am 100% sure of that. Keep watching.

  • Rommel

    Ibibio people have never ceased to amaze me, Godswill Akpaboi was the height of political buffoonery even today and now this tiny rat

    • Wakawaka

      Is Akpabio Ibibio? You keep showcasing stupidity with your ethno-religious fixation on every issue. Meanwhile, you were missing on the story about millions being spent on forks and spoons while millions sleep with hunger. Any reason?

      • Rommel

        Oh no,perhaps you are

    • Otile

      You are a born bigot. Unam ikot.

  • Akwa Ibom Esong Inua EbongAkam

    Violent cements at a “solemn assembly’? What a shame! What a new year message! I am not surprise that the ‘men of God” present at this “solemn assembly” did not call this man to order. This is the new Nebuchadnezzar. This man is gone. I pity his family. Just forget him except he repents and retracts those inciting comments. Besides, he has no nerves or guts to do as he has declared. Let him try it. he will be consumed first. Akwa Ibom youth are wiser. Those who will go down with him are those they have recruited, brain-washed, hypnotized and shrine-sworn for ‘loyalty’ into their group. God’s power is the greater. Let him through the first arrow. what is he waiting for?

  • Akwa Ibom Esong Inua EbongAkam

    Violent cements at a “solemn assembly’? What a shame! What a new year message! I am not surprise that the ‘men of God” present at this “solemn assembly” did not call this man to order. This is the new Nebuchadnezzar. This man is gone. I pity his family. Just forget him except he repents and retracts those inciting comments. Besides, he has no nerves or guts to do as he has declared. Let him try it. he will be consumed first. Akwa Ibom youth are wiser. Those who will go down with him are those they have recruited, brain-washed, hypnotized and shrine-sworn for ‘loyalty’ into their group. God’s power is the greatest. Let him through the first arrow. what is he waiting for?