By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, has been condemned for alleged persistent smear campaigns against Governor Udom Emmanuel, the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State.
It could be recalled that Ita Enang, recently called on the Federal Government to withhold the statutory 13 percent derivation funds accruable to Akwa Ibom, a statement which would practically muffle the financial power of the state.
Reacting to this, a non-governmental research and advocacy group in Akwa Ibom, The Mandate Eyes, likens Ita’s attitude to the “greed and lacklustre selfishness of the Biblical Achan who stole the beautiful Babylonian gold, silver and other valuables from Jericho against the directive of Joshua, an act which angered God, and caused the entire Israel to be punished by being defeated in subsequent wars.”
The group’s statement signed by foremost journalists Ernest Akpan and Joseph Okon, added that “Ita Enang wants Akwa Ibom’s rights and benefits to be circumvented, simply because he is an office boy in Aso Rock and wishes his people no good.
“Ita Enang represents the present day Achan in the Akwa Ibom political and social space. His quest at exuding his personal greed and undiluted penchant for primitive accumulation and self-aggrandizement is aimed at bringing punishment to the entire Akwa Ibom.
“At this point, it begs to ask some pertinent questions: What has Ita Enang done individually or collectively, to advance the cause of Akwa Ibom state, having been privileged to serve in the National Assembly for 16 years and at the Aso Rock Villa for four years?
“Also, does a man whose selfishness and personal greed have failed to translate into tangible deliverables for the state, possess the moral justification to question how Governor Udom Emmanuel utilizes funds?” Mandate Eye queried.
The group however suggested a thorough scrutiny on Ita Enang’s mental and psychological health, if historic projects such as the Ibom Air, the new terminal building at Victor Attah International Airport, the over 1700 kilometer of rural and urban roads, the 21 story Dakkada Tower and the over 18 industries in the state initiated and completed by Governor Udom Emmanuel, means nothing him.
Mandate Eyes further described Ita Enang as an embodiment of treachery, following his resentment to the ongoing expansion work on Oron/Airport Road and other interventions by the state government, on account of being federal projects, as well as his repeated petitions to the Federal Minister of Works on the need for the project to be forestalled.
“Questions demanding answers from Ita Enang are: in whose interest is he serving?
“Isn’t it a lamentable irony that, in a period when all indigenes of the state, irrespective of party lines, are contributing their quota towards the development of the state, this Achan is busy exacerbating divisive politics aimed at retarding development in the state?”
Mandate Eyes thereby warned him to eschew his atavistic, divisive, hate- induced and personalistic politics, not to allow his selfish interest bring calamity and damnation to his family and the entire state, just as in the case of the first Achan in the bible, maintaining that Akwa Ibom people are happy with the quality leadership provided by Governor Udom Emmanuel, hence the inclusiveness witnessed in the political economy of the state.
The group however advised him to rather channel his opinions to the Calabar-Itu Highway which has been an agendum in the APC-led federal government campaigns since of 2015, but remains a mirage till date.