BUHARI’S COWS FARING BETTER THAN NIGERIANS: Akwa Ibom Govt denies media aide, Essien Ndueso apologies to President Buhari, Begs for forgiveness
* Human rights activist and Publisher of Radar newspapers, Otuekong Franklyn Isong questions the composition of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s media team
* Akwa Ibom Youths demand sack of Essien Ndueso
* Udom’s Press Secretary called President Buhari GCON instead of GCFR
RE: Buhari’s cows faring better than Nigerians-Governor’s aide… Akwa Ibom State Government disclaims Media Aide’s comment.
Our attention has been drawn to the story with the above caption that appeared in The Premium Times dated December 14, 2017, and written by Cletus Ukong. In the said story, Mr. Essien Ndueso who is a Personal Assistant to His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel on Media was quoted to have posted on his Facebook Wall, that today “we are in an administration that cows fare better than human beings”- an ill-conceived and obtuse comment on the recent visit by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari *(GCON)* (GCFR )to his farm in Daura, Katsina State.
We wish to use this opportunity to state categorically that the comment expressed by Mr. Essien Ndueso does not represent in any form, shape, manner or appearance the views of the Government and the good people of Akwa Ibom State. The comments attributed to Mr. Ndueso therefore, are his PERSONAL opinion. Even though the nation is going through tough and challenging economic times, we believe and trust the resilience of Nigerians, our ingenuity and innate capacity to reinvent the wheels, and together, in spite of our political differences, we remain inexorably tied to our common destiny which requires all hands on the deck to move our dear nation forward. We hereby, totally and unreservedly disassociate ourselves from the referenced comment.
The Governor and indeed the entire Government of Akwa Ibom State hold President Buhari who indeed is the Father of the Nation in the highest of esteem, and the two Leaders enjoy close and cordial relationship that goes beyond political labels and afflictions.
Chief Press Secretary/Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor
Essien Ndueso apologies to President Buhari, Begs for forgiveness
*RE: BUHARI’S COWS FARING BETTER THAN NIGERIANS- GOVERNOR’S AIDE*
I have come across a news story on Premium Times, in which my comments on a social media platform were misinterpreted by the reporter, Cletus Ukpong. The post which was a light-hearted comment, was never intended to ridicule the President, as the Premium Times made it appear. It was also not a post intended to represent the position of the Government of Akwa Ibom State. I am neither the official spokesperson of the governor or government of the State.
I apologize to Mr. President, knowing that he does not deserve such malicious innuendo as represented in the news report.
Human rights activist and Publisher of Radar newspapers, Otuekong Franklyn Isong questions the composition of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s media team
That Disclaimer Of Essien Ndueso By Akwa Ibom Government
Mr CPS, Mr Ekerete Udoh,
It is issues like this one that makes me questions the composition of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s media team with over 100 “social media practitioners” who lack the requisite professional backing in journalism.
Agreed, Mr Essien Ndueso has the right to hold his personal opinion and to express same publicly, but he also doubles as a media spokesperson/image handler of the Governor of Akwa Ibom state as such, his personal opinion can sometimes be misconstrued to that of his principal, the Governor. Just like the instant case you are trying to address.
Essien’s post under reference, is a counter-productive to the many efforts of the Governor who is working hard to maintain a close relationship with Mr President, assuming the president has read it.
In a situation like this, disclaimer is not always sufficient enough to addressing the image crisis and embarrassment brought to the Governor and his government by an erring aide, I think and I recommend stiffer sanctions on my friend, Essien Ndueso, will serve as a deterrent to him and his cohorts for future references.
This is my opinion!
N/B: Below is the Disclaimer:
Akwa Ibom Youths demand sack of Essien Ndueso
Buhari’s cows faring better than Nigerians — Governor’s aide
An aide to the Akwa Ibom governor has accused Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning the people to economic hardship and fuel crisis, while according more care to his cows.
Filling stations across Akwa Ibom, for instance, now sell fuel at N170 against the government approved price of N145.
Governor Udom Emmanuel’s media aide, Essien Ndueso, on Thursday posted on Facebook, photos of Mr. Buhari’s recent visit to his ranch in Daura. He said of the photos, “Today, we are in an administration that cows fare better than human beings.”
Apparently mocking the president, Mr. Ndueso said, “If the cost of grass were to increase, or if anyone were to temper with the comfort of these cows, I am sure Baba would come back and take urgent actions.
“Today fuel is N180 and those who earn their wages monthly from worshipping Baba on Facebook are also suffering the same fate,” he said.
The governor’s aide, who also criticised the human rights community in the state for not speaking up against the increase in fuel price, dared a well-known Buhari supporter in the state, Imaobong Akpan, to lead a campaign against the increase.
But Ms. Akpan reacted by asking Governor Emmanuel to call his aide to order.
“This is a president that has been the most magnanimous to the welfare of Nigerians, and specifically the governors through the regular and timely release of budget support funds, Paris club refunds, and other social intervention funds meant to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians, of which Gov Udom Emmanuel, Mr. Essien’s boss is a major beneficiary,” she told PREMIUM TIMES, Thursday.
“It is on record that Mr. President has been very kind to the people of Akwa Ibom State through the various appointments and other strategic partnerships meant to grow the economy of Akwa Ibom.
“The fuel crisis in the country is traceable to deliberate sabotage which I believe the government is addressing and therefore should not be politicised,” she said.