It was funny yesterday as Nigerians watched Godswill Akpabio dumped the party on whose platform he became a two term governor for eight long years and now a senator. Akpabio gave flimsy excuses on why he left and said he did it because he, Akpabio is a nationalist, so he wants to save Nigeria.
Akpabio’s comments were not the outrage. The outrage was the comments of the diarrhea-mouthed, impulsive, temperamental, unstable and Benin thug chairman of the APC, Adam Oshiomhole. Adam Oshiomhole looked at Nigerians in the face and called us fools when he said for sixteen years PDP looted Akwa Ibom dry while standing next to the number looter of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Godswill Akpabio. That comment is the greatest insult on the intelligence of Nigerians.
Perhaps, Adam Oshiomhole is suffering from amnesia. If he is, let’s cure him by reminding him how Akwa Ibom treasury got looted dry for sixteen years.
In 1999 Nigeria returned to democratic rule as a country after years of military misrule and by implications the states including Akwa Ibom State retuned to civil rule.
Therefore, in 1999 Victor Attah, now a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) became the governor of Akwa Ibom for eight years and handed over power in 2007 to Godswill Akpabio, a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for another eight years.
Perhaps, Oshiomhole didn’t know that eight plus eight is sixteen or he didn’t remember that the two past governors of Akwa Ibom State whose combined sixteen year rule left Akwa Ibom in perpetual indebtedness are members of the APC.
It is therefore our civic duty as Nigerians, to remind Oshiomhole that the two past governors who looted Akwa Ibom dry for sixteen years and put the state into massive indebtedness are there with him. He, Oshiomhole should look in the mirror and he will see the looters of Akwa Ibom.
One of our greatest failures as ordinary citizens is that we have allowed politicians for a very long time peddled false narrative in the hope nothing will happen, after all Nigerians lack the intellectual capacity to decipher the truth.
We on our part also have allowed these misguided and false narratives to fester for far too long that they have now become a threat to our future and our existence.
We as ordinary citizens therefore, not only have to challenge these blatant and habitual liars, but expose them for who they are, by putting the records straight.
Oshiomhole, you stand corrected. The APC has looted Akwa Ibom State dry for sixteen years.
Capt Bishop C. Johnson ( US Army Rtd) is a National Defense and Military Strategist and National Commentator.