Reigners Bible Church tragic incident: GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL’S HANDS ARE STAINED WITH THE BLOOD OF AKWA IBOM PEOPLE – Inibehe Effiong
Exactly one year ago, many worshippers were killed at the Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during the ill-fated bishopric consecration of the founder of the Church, Apostle Akan Weeks, when the uncompleted building collapsed during the service.
One year after, there is no closure on the tragic incident. Governor Udom Emmanuel who is a personal friend of the Church’s founder had constituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the collapse of the building and make appropriate recommendations to the government.
The truth of the matter is that the government did not need to set-up a panel before taking appropriate measures in the matter.
The main reason why the state government resorted to that diversionary tactics is because Akan Weeks is a personal friend of the governor and the government played a role in the collapsed of the building.
I will give few reasons why Governor Udom Emmanuel should be held party accountable for the deaths of the people and why I am asserting strongly that his hands are stained with the blood of Akwa Ibom people.
First, government officials were designated to supervise the building of the Church since the governor was going to personally attend the event. Therefore, we cannot insulate the present administration from the death of Akwa Ibom people in that tragedy.
Second, I have it on good authority that the governor contributed money to the founder of the Church for the hurried construction of Reigners Bible Church to make it “suitable” for the Governor and other VIPs to attend.
Third, despite repeated warnings from the Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA) directing the Church to stop work and discontinue with the construction as it violated building regulations and laws, Apostle Akan Weeks arrogantly defied the orders and went ahead with the illegal construction with the support of his friends in government. This was revealed at the Commission of Inquiry which I participated.
Fourth, the government gave Akan Weeks a temporary accommodation for his Church services when the building collapsed. Specifically, a facility belonging to the Uyo Local Government was given to the Church. This was/is a very irresponsible decision.
Fifth, the governor has deliberately refused to make the report of the Commission of Inquiry which he empanelled public. This clearly shows the governor’s apparent conflict of interest. Udom Emmanuel does not want to indict himself, the State Government and his friend, Akan Weeks.
Sixth, the victims of the collapsed building have not been compensated till date. They were abandoned by the governor.
We should bear in mind that Governor Udom Emmanuel escaped death on the 10th of December, 2016 when the building collapsed. This is important because it portrays the governor as a man without any sense of reflection.
We have a very irresponsible and atrocious government in Akwa Ibom State today. The man in charge of affairs of the State who is said to be a “Deacon” has sold his soul to the devil using the blood of Akwa Ibom people. This is my personal opinion about Governor Udom Emmanuel.
This is not about politics. Akan Weeks should be facing criminal charges in court. Rather, he is going about his business of exploitation with insolence and impunity because we have a governor whose hands are stained with the blood of Akwa Ibom people.
If I do not speak out against the sheer barbarity and nefarious proclivity of the governor of Akwa Ibom State in this case, history will not judge me well.
Akwa Ibom people must continue to demand justice and compensation for the victims of the collapsed Reigners Bible Church in Uyo.