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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio and his predecessor, Obong Victor Attach saturday buried their differences and united to give befitting tributes and burial to late octogenarian, Chief Fidelis Eno James Etim, a recipient of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) at Uruk Uso village in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.
Chief Etim, a pioneer Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi and one-time Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), who died March 30 this year at the age of 77, was a bosom friend of Obong Attah and a political godfather to Chief Akpabio.
According to Governor Akpabio,” he was a man of peace; he brought me into the political circle in 2002 as commissioner and introduced me to the former governor, Arc. Victor Attah and that started the journey of my emergence as governor today”.
“ I am present today as a member of the family. As the state governor, I have not disappointed the late Fidelis Etim,rather, I have made him and the entire state proud. He was my political father and mentor. We would miss his fatherly love and wise counsel.
“So we are all here to bid an icon, father and educationist goodnight, for he was a man with a heart for God, a legend, who would always have a permanent place in our hearts. With his various qualifications, he was an asset to us, he was always there to strengthen the weak and give hope to the hopeless. He was a treasure to all Akwa Ibom people and to the entire Nigeria,” he remarked.
“His entrance into politics was for the betterment of the people. He was a Christian who was never found wanting in his Christian life. He was a role model for Akwa Ibom youths to emulate. He was completely a detribalised Nigerian who believed in one people,” he added.
Nigerian Senators meeting behind closed doors have overwhelmingly voted to support the state of emergency imposed on three north-eastern states by President Goodluck Jonathan. 100 members of the 109 members by a voice vote unanimously approved the official gazette outlining the emergency measures in Adamawa, Borno and
Yobe states, transmitted to it by President Goodluck Jonathan.
“We therefore approve Mr President’s request for a declaration of state of emergency,” said senate president David Mark after the voice vote.
The constitution requires an endorsement by a minimum of 72 senators representing two-third of the total members.
Mark said: “we must emphasise very emphatically that all democratic structures must be left in place and they must be allowed to operate fully and actively and they must also be involved in all the effort by the Federal government to put this ugly situation to an end.”
The senate emphasized that the armed forces should be issued proper code of conduct where they will be humane, benevolent and to make sure that all citizens are treated with utmost respect.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is in session and is also likely to approve the emergency measures.