Eno accuses unsuccessful politicians of orchestrating a scheme to destabilize Akwa Ibom.

admin September 25, 2023
Updated 2023/09/25 at 10:49 AM

Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has accused unsuccessful politicians of orchestrating the recent protest in the state regarding the appointment of the President-General of the Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers in Uyo, the state capital.

In a statement, the governor provided details about the installation process, affirming that it had been approved by all traditional rulers from the 31 local government areas in the state.

The governor clarified that he was not involved in the process as it had been established prior to his term as governor. Therefore, he should not be held responsible for any wrongdoing.

Eno issued a warning that any politicians attempting to incite ethnic or parochial divisions in order to destabilize the state would face opposition.

His statement reads: “Misinterpretations and misunderstandings are being spread by those who were unsuccessful in the elections, aiming to divide the state by exploiting ethnic sentiments. However, their efforts will not succeed under my administration.

Prior to my tenure, the paramount rulers convened a meeting where I merely served as a witness. During this meeting, the 31 paramount rulers in the state, excluding those who were ill or deceased, reached a consensus.

They determined that in order for Akwa Ibom to have a role in the national traditional rulers council, the traditional rulers council needed to be elevated to the status of the Supreme Traditional Rulers Council.

They further decided it should be headed by the President-General for a term of four years. It is important to note that I did not appoint him.”

β€œI would like any traditional ruler from any part of this state to openly declare that they were not present at that meeting. The only suggestion came from the Paramount Ruler of Itu, who proposed a slight modification which was well received, resulting in the creation of two additional offices (VPG 1 and VPGII).

β€œTo ensure the feasibility of this, we needed to establish it through legislation. Therefore, upon assuming office, consultation was necessary. The bill was subsequently sent to the House of Assembly to be passed into law. It underwent a public hearing as I have been informed.

“I returned yesterday to sign the bill into law as a gesture of respect for our traditional fathers’ desires. It was my hope that they would reach out and express gratitude for upholding their wishes. I want to clarify that I did not initiate or have any involvement in drafting the bill.”

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