Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio on a Courtesy Visit to Ntisong E U Ekidem

President Shares a Drink With Ntisong after the Business of the Day

President Shares a Drink With Ntisong after the Business of the Day

Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio on a Courtesy Visit to Ntisong E U Ekidem

 The International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa Elder Monday Etokakpan led his executive council this week to the Palace of Ntisong Ibibio III, Obong E.U.Ekidem in his on-going calls and visits to leaders and institutional heads in Akwa Ibom State to seek partnership and fellowship in the task of securing and appropriating the greatest good for the greatest number in the State. This is so because in the words of the Mr President Ibibio with over 60 percent of the population of the State is the prime stake holder and remains the most vulnerable when and if anything goes wrong in the State.

  1. The President stated MMI’s readiness to work with the Akwa Esop in all positive endeavours.
  2. He sued for peaceful conduct by all politicians and abhorrence of violence and arms bearing especially during this electioneering season.
  3. He called for a level playing field for all contestants.
  4. He called on Government and law enforcement agents to be alive to their primary duty of protecting life and property.
  5. He urged politicians to bear down on their supporters to embrace peace caution their supporters to refrain from making inciting and unguarded utterances such as what obtained in 2010 where certain areas were declared out of bounds to political opponents as similar irresponsible statements are being reported again from some quarters.Everyone, he said, should feel free and safe to campaign everywhere and anyway within his/her constituency.
  6. There should be no imposition of candidates on the electorate at all levels as this is what gives rise to violent resistant by those who feel short-changed. There should be deliberate and honest efforts by Government to avoid blood bath as according to him, eventual winners should seek to rule over the living citizenry, including their opponents and not to rule over their graves.

 

In response the Ntisong III expressed great joy listening to the President touching on what is obviously giving residents of the State great apprehension as we recall the over-regimented atmosphere in the build up to the last general elections in the State where Ibibio were murdered in the street, shot at home and slaughtered in the Church. The Ntisong III Obong E.U. Ekidem capped it by stating that the day of the visit was going to remain memorable in his life. He said in the past politicians employed power of persuasion,oratory and rhetoric to win elections and never fire arms. He appealed to politicians to sheath their swords as it is an ill wind that blows no one any good. And the casualty can be anyone, including the arms bearers.
He appealed to youth not to allow themselves to be used as thugs as those engaging them have no regard whatsoever for their lives or welfare and senseless lot whose lives can be expended in the process of getting to their coveted office.

Some EXCO Members at the Palace

Some EXCO Members at the Palace

He advised MMI leaders to always look back to ensure that their crowd of followers is not thinning down, as in the words of Stephen Covey, whoever claims to be a leader without followers coming behind him is only taking a walk in the park.

He said it would seem that the Ibibio man was just made to struggle through life as he has found himself in perpetual strife for survival despite his rare gift of intellect. He said it is this fact that made Ibibio man to be the first in many fronts such as self-help endeavours championed by the Ibibio Union of yore which pioneered the first self-help scholarship programme in the 1930s. He said the Ibibio person has always been denied his dues, including immortalization gestures. He listed institutions and monuments such as Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife; Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with no one of Ibibio stock been considered befitting of this kind of honour.

The Monarch lamented the absence for years now of an Ibibio person in the Federal Civil Service cadre in the rank of a Permanent Secretary and urged Mboho to take all this on board and understand that the redemption task ahead is daunting but surmountable.

Solemn Moment, Ntisong Prays for MMI President

Solemn Moment, Ntisong Prays for MMI President

Present with the Ntisong to receive MMI Executive Council members were Mkpisong Obong E.P. Akpakpan, Secretary Mkpisong Council, Mkpisong (Dr) Okon Emah, himself a past president of MMI; Mkpisong (Barr) Aniedi Ndem, Secretary General, Mkpisong P.J.Okon, Assistant Secretary- Akwa Esop Imaisong; Mkpisong E.E. Ekpenyong; Mkpisong T.O. Akpan; Mkpisong (Dr) Umana Ette Udoh, former Accountant General Akwa Ibom State; Mkpisong Emem-obong Essien, Mkpisong Hon Cyril M. Ekiko (Akwa Iko) and Atai (Barr) Nse Nse Ikpe.

In the President’s entourage were Akparawa (Elder) Nse Ubeh, Immediate Past President; Akparawa James Edet, NPOM, Secretary General; Akparawa-anwan Glory Ebere, Treasurer; Akparawa (Engr) Anthony Udoekong, PRO; Akparawa Fiokidaha Umoh, Provost, Akparawa-anwan Mary Umanaette Udo, Women Leader; Akparawa Michael Ekpenyong, Welfare Officer; Akparawa Anthony Etim, Chief of Staff to President; Akparawa Ekereke U. Ekereke, Senior Special Assistant to President on Investment and Economic Development and Akparawa-anwan Emilia Ikpe, Chairman Uruan Chapter.