THE WEAPONS OF DETESTATION
By Emmanuel Nicholas
Let me deviate a little, to preach corrective homily over an attitude which could cause a breakdown of law and order in Akwa Ibom State. The spate by which our public officers are going about abusing power deposited in their office is alarming. The use of position- authority to undo a fellow citizen whom they feel stood a chance to occupy their position if he or she is deposed.
One should see appointed positions as a place you occupy for a season and there is nowhere one can be there forever, so using it to oppress others, closing up opportunities against perceived rivals and blackmailing them before the head of government so that they cannot get any job or empowerment, rendering the person incapacitated and is seen as a time bomb which increases crime in our society.
As 89percent of political killings and kidnapping experienced in polity is caused by this ovum, why would someone want to see his fellow Akwa Ibomite going hungry and he is eating fat with his family? How can you have peace when you allow another man to languish in penury with his family? The government money, which out of hatred you placed an injunction against a fellow citizen from doing his or her legitimate work and benefit, are you the owner? The State money belongs to all citizenry who can assess it through legitimate employment, contract or government policies, so why constructing illegal obstruction against another? By this you endanger your life, grieving another man by stopping him from eating.
In the confession of a man who assassinated Spencer Perceval, John Bellingham, a merchant with a grievance against the Government, he shot Perceval dead in the lobby of the House of Commons. John Bellingham was a merchant who believed he had been unjustly imprisoned in Russia and was entitled to compensation from the Government, but all his petitions had been rejected by the prime Minister and he also claimed that the prime minister makes laws which made him to go bankrupt and therefore cannot die alone without sending him to grave.it was on the evening of 11th May 1812, Perceval was on his way to attend the inquiry into the Orders in Council. As he entered the lobby of the House of Commons, the man stepped forward, drew a pistol and shot him in the chest. Perceval fell to the floor and was later confirmed dead by surgeons. Histories are recorded so that the younger generation can learn from the past and avoid the mistakes of the older generation.
Men, who stopped the meals of others, head the committee of their sudden burial, so when they choose not to see you send them to early graves, they will sort for your life or that of your dear ones, hence increasing crime rate in the State. I also see leaders who accept blasphemous information provided by their subordinate against others and act on it without a second thought of review by making proper investigation as a flaw in leadership. A leader must have private fact finders who are not government agents and not known by any individual except himself, they should be up to three private teams, to avoid taking wrong decisions that could cause him embarrassment in the near future while jeopardizing the livelihood of the victims.
The new election calendar is fast approaching, the rate at which political jobbers blackmail the image of persons to raise the chances of their aspirants is also alarming, the journalists are allowing themselves to be used in this ugly plot and most times they become the victim, dying by the bullet of those they blackmail, leaving their families who depend on them to suffer and the politician whom they fought for will be alive with his families enjoying life at its fullest. Even when those politicians don’t win, the opponent will create an office for him or her to serve and recoup his expenditure and promote his living standard.
In Pakistan Ahmed Kurumi was assassinated after he wrote an article to wrongfully taint the image of Umar Hamuri a supposed aspirant of raping a minor in his office, he was assassinated by militia who were in support of the Umar.
We should try and bring decorum into our chosen profession not to allow us to be used as weapons of uprising, because I see more tension and killing, if the rate at which the blackmail is going on is maintained.
Those on the online media, who are masking with different names believing they are safe, should know that every component they used in posting these derogatory materials have IPS number and their internet facility also can be identified through security check by experts.
So using these medium to witch-hunt people's reputation is to further create excessive tension that would not only endanger lives but also destroy the economy.
Most times the crises are worst when originated internally from it composites and is one war that is too difficult to resolve, as factions involved are embodiment of each other. Civil wars are more extensive than wars between countries; a typical example is the war between Myanmar’s army and the jungle-dwelling Karen ethnic group. Which Lasted Sixty-three years and running, is often labelled the world’s longest war.
The on-going tribal hatred growing in Akwa Ibom State is an object of great concern to many well-meaning persons in the State and the segregation as a result of political logjam of interest. It is also generated erroneously through perceived victimization of some ethnic grouping by the ruling ethnic group, which by all standard is fallacious and a cosmetic dressing by politicians to purchase the people's mandate by sympathy.
Some are crying of marginalization, claiming they should be rewarded by ceding power to their ethnic group. Does it means that until ones tribe is in power before their tribe can gain rapid development? I say no, let us take a look at the present administration, Chief Godswill Akpabio has been able to spread development to all nooks and crannies of this State, without the consideration of ethnicity. So why do some people still believe in such primitive thinking in leadership? It's time we move on and accept leadership from the best vessel, no matter where they person comes from as far as he or she possesses the virtues that will turn around our collective fortunes.
The re-awakening of political blackmail in Akwa Ibom has rekindled the masses' fear for uncertainties that are awaiting them come 2015 and this foreseen instability can make an investor to relent in his investment in the State as he is not sure of a sustainable atmosphere that will enhance economic activities .
It would also have effect on the tourists who may wish to visit the State as the online exchange worsens it by making all the fury released by these evil blackmailers to be read the world over.
The last time there was a little political argument in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district over the senatorial election which the people have voluntarily ceded to Chief Dr Godswill Obot Akpabio CON to represent them, the criminals cashed in to make profits, that is what will befall our State in 2015 if the rage that is on-going is not brought under control, the criminals from the neighbouring States will take advantage of the tension, disagreement, blackmail and ethnic conflicts.
The kidnappers will come in to kidnap the one you blackmail making the public to think that you organised the crime, if the Oro nation are at war with one Ibibio man, the kidnappers will pick him up, by so doing the whole Ibibio race will belief that the crime is sponsored by the Oro people hence the entire Ibibio will rise up with fury against the Oro people.
This will make it impossible for citizen of one tribe to traverse the territory of another, there is a saying that when the rain is not much let the rain maker, spit saliva. You are a paid blackmailer, one thing I wish you to know is that the money earned from prostitution is not always enough to provide Medicare for the diseases acquired and for every evil we commit, there is a price to pay.
The diaspora dwellers, you believe by joining forces to blackmail others that you are safe cause you are one million miles away from home, if no kidnapper can get you, the sincere tears of the man you call names without him being party to what you blaspheme him or her of will be the kidnapper that will suck out your life.
Ephesians 4:29 says Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear of you. Proverbs 16:28 says A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. Proverbs 6:16-19 says There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
James 4:11 says Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. I conclude this plea with Psalm 101:5 Whoever slanders his neighbour secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.