PEACE IN ABSTRACTION IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT JUSTICE: LET’S UPGRADE THE PRAYER POINT -EKONG SAMPSON
He described justice as a key driver to peace. In his words, “when we talk about justice on a wider prism, in a larger perspective, we are well on our way to attaining peace”. He therefore proffered an upgrade to the universal, passionate and angelic prayer for peace to saying the prayer, “let the good Lord give us a sense of justice”.
The Special Adviser made the call while addressing a Round Table Discourse organized by Ibom Mega Alliance (IMA), an emergent sociopolitical group in the State, as a follow up to the celebration of 2017 Democracy Day and Governor Udom Emmanuel’s 2nd year in office. The event which drew attendance from the Akwa Ibom political landscape, sociocultural organisations, the press and the larger public, had as its theme, “Leadership and Socio-economic Development: The Udom Emmanuel example in Akwa Ibom State.
Barrister Ekong Sampson, who was Special Guest of Honour at the event, praised the conveners of the event for the vision of providing an intellectual perspective to deepen the consciousness of good governance. He expressed confidence that the series of lectures and inputs that will be generated in the course of event will go a long way in enriching the legacy of the Udom Emmanuel administration.
He expressed satisfaction with being a patron of the group. Adding that he is not just the patron of IMA but of every group in the State that is genuinely promoting the ideals of the Udom Emmanuel led government in the State and the exigency of his 8-year tenure, in the spirit of oneness, unity and love as the name “IMA” implies. This, he described as pursuit of justice and fairness to Eket Senatorial District, through a tested and trusted ambassador.
Barrister Sampson said the commitment of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration to giving people access to opportunity is an indication of a passion for creating a big window for justice. He said giving people have access to opportunities, is giving them access to justice, as they can aspire to their heights and capacities. But when the justice valve is constricted, a template for tension and disorder is created, he added.
According to him, there is no better trajectory to appreciating access to opportunities than the imbibing the revolutionary call of the Dakkada philosophy, that challenges our instincts and our capacity, that we can touch the sky and reach the height of our capacities and true intentions.
Chairman at the occasion, a former gubernatorial aspirant in the State, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen, also expressed great pleasure in the intellectual campaign approach of IMA. He extolled the slogan of the group, strength in unity, but cautioned that what guarantees unity is justice, equity and fairness.
“We must all in Akwa Ibom allow justice, equity and fairness to prevail so that so that we can have peace and the unity that will strengthen us”. Obong Inuaeyen stated.
According to him, it is God that appoints leaders. He further expatiated that in the 2015 contest, so many tested politicians each of whom different people would have thought like men to be the right choices, but it was not so before God who knew who will be right for us at a particular time.
He did not just bring Udom Emmanuel to Governor in 2015, He knew that our economy was going to be in recession about this time and decided to bring in someone that will be able to manage our economy in a time like this. Despite the intensity of the recession, we are not feeling it that much in Akwa Ibom State. As we are trying to exit the recession, let us be careful in our choice of leadership.
“I like the direction IMA is going, because people may not understand what is going on, what Udom Emmanuel is doing, this is why this academic angle is necessary to expound on what Udom Emmanuel has been doing, break it down so that all of us will leave here today understanding more about governance and Udom Emmanuel’s efforts in Akwa Ibom State”, Obong Inuaeyen said.
The Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Sir Val Attah observed that there is a wave of unity currently going on in the State, by which, according great Akwa Ibomites are coming together to join force in pursuit of good governance in the State. He commended the G-22 members for their consideration to unite with the Udom administration in the interest of the State.
The Chairman of Ibom Mega Alliance, Rt. Hon. Marcus Okuku was full of thanks to the attendants at the discourse. He said the event will be held quarterly and the group will do all it takes to engage the minds of Akwa Ibomites towards appreciating the visions and commitment of Governor Udom Emmanuel towards creating a better Akwa Ibom.
Key lecturer at the event was Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo. Others dignitaries present at the event who also shared in discourse included the International President of Mkparawa Ibibio, Akarawa Monday Etokakpan MNI, International President of Esu Ulap Oro, Ulap Joseph Okon, Chairman, Akwa Ibom Community in Lagos State, Chief Elijah Ifot, the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of the NUJ, Elder Patrick Albert, Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of Political, Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Mr. Nse Edem, former Chairman of Onna LGA, Rt. Hon. Pat Ifon, former Chairman of Okobo LGA and member of AKHA, Rt. Hon. Asuquo Odiong, Chairman, former Chairman of Uruan LGA, Hon. (Dr.) Eventus Edem, SA to the Governor on Interparty Affairs, Hon. Lawrence Udoh, Interparty Advisory Council, Engr. Martins Inyang and other reputable Akwa Ibomites.
Following the thought provoking and informing discourse and inputs, a communique was reached and adopted at the end of the event after due presentation by the chairman of the communique drafting committee, Dr. Edem. Other members of the committee were Hon. Awawa Ekaenang, and Hon. Emmanuel Enang.