It is after keen observation of your recent activities on social media particularly Facebook, against the government of Udom Emmanuel, that I, have decided to write you this letter. May I state here, that my letter to you, is in no way politically motivated neither is it sponsored by any political group, individual or party.
I have followed you closely from 2013 when I first saw you in the Little Play House of Theatre Art, University of Uyo. Mr. Sunday Umanah introduced you to us as the S.A on Project Monitoring to the Governor, during rehearsals to stage the novel “He Dared: the story of Okuku Udo Akpabio”. Since then, I fell in love with your intellectual capacity and developed an interest in knowing you more.
The first negative impression you left in my mind, came just a few weeks after I started following you on Facebook. If you can remember some years back in one of your posts, during your boss’ Godswill Akpabio’s administration as the governor of Akwa Ibom State, in which you were exalting Akpabio to high heavens, I had commented and said thus “Mr. Ata Ikkideh Sir, you celebrate evil simply because evil puts food on your table”. Today, your recent activities against the government of Udom Emmanuel, has reminded me of the truism of those words I wrote some years back.
I have read many of your articles against the governor and the ones for the MD of NDDC but your videos yesterday, gave me a reason to write to you and sorry I have adopted the open medium.
Sir, I must say that I felt truly disappointed after I watched your two videos yesterday and what I saw, was a direct opposite of your great father Prof. Ikkideh who is in the great beyond. Your father left behind great legacies which you can, but have refused to beat those legacies. It pains me, that a man like you whom I looked up to, has so given me reasons not to anymore.
When I showed your videos to a wise old man who properly knew your father, he apostrophically had this to say, “Your father, Prof. Ikiddeh, the first Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Uyo, a ranking academic who wrote the introduction to one of Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s literature, WEEP NOT CHILD, was a great man who is probably weeping over you in the great beyond. The great man, your father, laboured so hard to give you the very best in life, ensuring that you went to the best of schools and traveled the whole world but all you’ve got to show for such investments are your selfish activities on Facebook”.
What have you achieved as a lawyer Mr. Barrister Sir? Why have you not come back to Nigeria to practice, at least, to use your wealth of experiences to help us out of some of contending judicial issues? You served as SA on Project Monitoring in the most corrupt government Akwa Ibom has ever witnessed, the government of Godswill Akpabio. With all the atrocities, that that government committed, you never for once, pointed out anything bad in that government even till today.
Why Sir, have you allowed gain, to be your driving force? Why can’t you be selfless even as other activists or patriots are truly selfless in the pursuit for a better nation? You started the Nigerian Ethnical Society (NES), an organization I thought was meant indeed, for men with ideals though it suddenly went into extinction. When I heard of NES, I had perceived you to be, a man with integrity but your continuous praises for Godswill Akpabio, a man I have always believed to be fundamentally corrupt gave me double thoughts about you.
I know, your celebration of Senator Godswill Akpabio no matter what he does, is born out of the fact that Akpabio was your classmate and that he accommodated you in his government. Your constant and unending criticisms of Udom Emmanuel’s administration is born not only from the fact that, Udom Emmanuel has not accommodated you in his government but also, from the fact that, your proposal, said to have been perked to over 50million naira to Gov. Udom Emmanuel was rejected and not approved.
So, I ask, should activism be driven by greed and selfishness? Should we get angry over the policies of government because that government, has not satisfied our own personal interests and not the collective interests of the people? Where these are ‘yes’, then I am afraid, this is no longer activism, it is an outcry to gain relevance. Sir, I must submit without fear or favour, that you have deliberately failed to live up the true meanings of the word “patriot”, which you claimed to be in one of your videos.
What I saw in those videos was hypocrisy inspired by an attempt to win Nsima Ekere’s attention while also pleasing your boss and classmate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio to book a place for you in case Nsima becomes Governor. Or could I believe it was a paid video? If yes, regrettably shameful from a man of your own social and political standard. There was no element of love for the Akwa Ibom State and Akwa Ibomites.
Sir, I challenge you today, to put yourself in the dock, and allow your conscience to sit in judgement over you as the following questions echo through your hears,
Am I agitating against Governor Udom Emmanuel because I care about the state or because I care about my house?
Am I castigating Udom Emmanuel because of my love for the people or because of my love for my family?
Am I standing up for the suffering and hungry people of the state or for my pocket to be salted?
Am I agitating for Nsima Ekere to be Governor because I want him to bring about some change or because I want him to bring me some “change’?
Allow your conscience to pronounce the judgement and see, if it will acquit you and set you free.
I must apologize for my tone in this letter because I couldn’t know any diplomatic way of expressing my anger after I watched your videos and I do not subscribe to the idea of political correctness. For those who would perceive me as being insulting, sorry, editan akpaniko, nkereke ke ado usung enyin ooo.
Your Very Little Friend in the Struggle