Wednesday, 8 January 2014



Methuselah was the oldest man that ever lived but has one of the shortest history ever. Genesis 5:26-27 captured it thus: "And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died". End of story.

Akpabio is reputed to be an uncommon transformer. But in history that may take just one sentence as above. A good historical pundit may add that he built infrastructures and establish free education. End of story. I am sure he would want history to quote him as doing what was thought impossible in Akwa Ibom State. He would like a line that reads: "Akpabio brought about political reformation consequent upon the entrenchment of equity in power rotation in the state. He achieved this through a clear and unambiguous definition of the Tripod base of the state.

 Although Obong Victor Attah was first to notice the inverted pyramid of injustice and began upturning it, Akpabio finally guided the state pyramid to re-stand on its base which now gives it a permanent balance of peace and progress. Doing this was not an easy task but Akpabio was an ingenious political strategist".

He would only have lines like this if he follows the will of God in the choice of his successor. Evidence abound that God has directed him to The Nazareth of Akwa Ibom State, Oro nation, the blessed but forgotten land. But like Samuel, Akpabio is dazed by "Eliab" (Name withheld). In 1Samuel 16:7-8 the Bible says "And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart".

The man God has given the heart and the formula to carry on the next phase of transformation: EMPOWERMENT and investment for tomorrow is an Akwa Ibom Nazarite. Akpabio should not waste the oil on political John the Baptist, who, though six months older than the Messiah, is not the Messiah. If he makes that mistake, history would give him but a few lines like Methuselah.

He should go, as directed, to Akwa Ibom Nazareth where he shall find the "accommodator-general" whose policies has divine lineage and shall be all-embracing and bring peace and progress. Akpabio should not only fix his eyes on Giants from International Corporations, Financial Institutions and Senior Government Office Holders for the task ahead, he should also look in the manger.

James Abang writes from Atte, Urueoffong/Oruko.

1 comment:

  1. James Abang thank you for your piece but may i also add here that the Gov has been emphatic on this very one point, he has said time without number that the next Gov will be chosen by the Akwa Ibom people through wide consultation. He has also said the person will come from Ibibio Eket Sen. district. Be rest assured that Gov Akpabio's successor will be a man acceptable to Ibibio Uyo Sen District, Ibibio Ikot Ekpene Sen. District and Ibibio Eket Sen. District. Thank you.