Mixed Reactions Over Nsima Ekere’s Shabby Treatment Of Gov Emmanuel
By Uwakmfon Dan
Despite efforts to foster a cordial relationship between Akwa Ibom State Government and of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the State, fresh facts have emerged to the pointer that the Commission’s Managing Director, Obong Nsima Ekere, is not ready for such reunion.
The latest is that Mr Ekere’s widely publicised Thanksgiving Service conducted by Methodist Church Nigeria, Ikot Abasi Diocese, over the weekend, turned out a show of impudence, especially against the Office of the Governor, manned by Mr Udom Emmanuel.
It was discovered at the just concluded event that, while the compliments of, ‘His Excellency, Sir and KJW’, were attached to the name of the erstwhile Deputy Governor, Obong Nsima Ekere, the incumbent, Governor Udom Emmanuel, was simply addressed as “Udom Gabriel Emmanuel”, on page five of the programme, without corresponding titles and prefix.
The MD of NDDC also attracted agitations over his pettiness as captured in the programme of event of his Thanksgiving, when he presented the Governor in a tired and casual mood, by refusing to use Governor’s official portrait, but however put out himself in a dignified robe.
If Ekere’s first act were to be regarded as a mere typographical error, what justification would be offered for his refusal to use the Governor’s official portrait? And why was the blunders particularly committed on an all important Office, like the one in discuss.
Several observers who could not hide their disappointments took to the social media in anger at the ex-deputy governor for showing such level of resentment to the office of his governor.
“In order words, he (Nsima Ekere) is revered “His Excellency, Sir, KJW”, five times on the event’s souvenir, while the Governor is not even fit to be given a Mister. It is difficult to appreciate why a Former Deputy Governor is addressed as “His Excellency” and a sitting Governor is addressed without such courtesies, as protocol demands,” one of the commentators posted.
One would have regarded the development as a mere oversight, but for the fact that other personalities listed in the programme were assigned their appropriate nomenclatures, while Mr Ekere’s name which appeared five times in the programme brochure all come with the courtesy prefix.
While the President is addressed as His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari on page three, Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr Samuel Emeka Uche, on page two, and Arch Bishop, Methodist Church Nigeria, Ikot Ekpene Diocese, His Grace, Most Revd. Sunday Uko, on page six, all had their designations and full compliments clearly written on the programme of event.
Similarly, the Bishop of Ikot Abasi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Lebee Humphrey Nnam, Diocesan Lay President, Sir (Rt. Hon.) Udo Kierian Akpan (KJW) and the Synod Secretary, Very Rev. Barr. Mfon Akpan, were rightly addressed on pages seven and eight of the event’s programme respectively.
One of the respondents was so emotional when he said, “such act amounts to disrespect to the Office of the Governor, ill manner and resentment on Mr Ekere’s part, given the fact that he had served as Deputy Governor and now MD of NDDC, and should have understood the protocols that follow such offices. Truth is that the programme’s graphic designer must have gotten directives from the event’s Planning Committee, who undoubtedly worked inline with Mr Ekere’s directives, a direct implication that the acts were designed.”