A SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EMINENCE, OKU IBOM IBIBIO, NTEYIN (DR.) SOLOMON D. ETUK, AT THE OCCASION OF THE VISIT OF THE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER OF LANDS AND WATER RESOURCES, AND ONE OF THE GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANTS IN AKWA IBOM STATE, PASTOR UMO ENO AND MEMBERS OF HIS ENTOURAGE, TO THE PALACE OF OKU IBOM IBIBIO TODAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2022.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome all of you to my Palace today.
I have listened to the mission of your visit which in summary is to inform me of your ambition to contest for the Governorship seat of the State in the forthcoming 2023 general elections and to also seek for my royal blessing.
Ifim Ibom Ibibio is the apex Traditional Rulers’ Council of Ibibio people and the Oku Ibom Ibibio stool is the Supreme Traditional throne of Ibibio Nation. We believe in one united Akwa Ibom State. We believe in the progress, peace and security of Akwa Ibom State and her people.
The 2023 elections will come and go but, the State and her people will still remain as one indivisible Akwa Ibom State. How the politicians and politically exposed persons go about the political process will determine how the State will be after the 2023 general elections.
My advice is that, election is a periodic constitutional process to elect servant-leaders into elective offices in Nigeria. Needless to create tension in the State. Akwa Ibom is generally known for its peaceful disposition across Nigeria and the world over. Therefore, I urge you and other governorship aspirants to put the interest of Akwa Ibom State as paramount in your minds while going about your electioneering campaigns in the State.
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has worked tirelessly and relentlessly to ensure that there is peace and stability in the State in the past six years in office. I once again, call on the political class as they approach the 2023 general elections not to heat up the polity but, to consolidate on the gains recorded by His Excellency, the Governor, to ensure lasting peace in the State before, during and after the elections.
Ifim Ibom Ibibio as you all know is a non-partisan and non political traditional institution. Members of Ifim Ibom Ibibio belong to no political party. We are for all Akwa Ibom sons and daughters, home and in Diaspora.
Let me state that the doors to the Palace of Oku Ibom Ibibio is opened to all aspirants across the registered political parties in Nigeria and they are free to visit us at anytime to get our blessing and fatherly advice. It is on this premise that I am delighted to receive you and members of your entourage to my Palace.
May the good Lord guide you in the pathway of peace and protect you and members of your team throughout the electioneering campaign period in the State. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen!
God Bless Nigeria!
God Bless Akwa Ibom State!!
God Bless Ibibio Nation!!!