One question Obong Nsima Ekere must answer!
In the spirit of the season, many questions have risen from the hearts of men. They seem to be resolute and in charge of their temperament. Rising every moment with their own version of distraction. No need to argue, it’s their right, but something substantial is visibly missing. I guess you know what I mean.
So many stones thrown at random. Not by man, but through the mind and sometimes comes in form of a shaggy dog’s story. To me, I would say. Let us not wave them aside. Because the timing isn’t bad, but the way and manner those garbage are vomited is creating tensions at all corners. But then, no cause for any clash. The man in question can speak for himself.
Obviously, to seek for truth requires one to ask the right question. That’s how the society could escape most of these ugly scenes. Those leaders void of truth never ask about anything. They think they know it all. Because their ego, pride and arrogance prevents them from going down to the grassroots. That’s why it seems as if we’re moving from pillar to post. Working like elephants, eating like grasshoppers. The more leaders we have, the more problems we face. And now, we know that most of our leaders are becoming more ignorant than ever. Those on the right path to truth are extremely heart-driven and childlike in their quest. They ask but won’t wait to get the right answers.
Always wanting to understand and know everything in proxy. That’s why you see them with countless aides, no empowerment and end up not knowing how challenges are faced. They are afraid to admit they don’t know how to go about it. But won’t stay away from leadership. Now, we know that every truth seeker does need to breakdown their ego first to see truth. If the mind is in the way, the heart sees everything. That’s why I have chosen to throw a single question at Obong Nsima Ekere. It’s so simple, but tactical.
Just last Saturday, Obong Nsima Ekere was awarded Sun Newspaper Public Service Award. I mean, the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. And I wouldn’t dare want to ask how it came about because that’s not the angle of the question. Even though most of us know that it was a validation of his efforts in making NDDC a better institution and the Niger Delta a region of sustainable economic growth and livelihoods. But from that same NDDC, many questions have risen and answers have been provided.
In our own case, there won’t be any repeat of such. But Obong Nsima Ekere must answer this particular question. It’s the right time; the right version and the right platform. Because there are some questions that shouldn’t be asked until a person is mature enough to appreciate the answers. And now is the time because a leader at 52 is a leader forever.
Nsima Ekere isn’t in trouble, but in opposite trouble. Don’t be dicey, because we’re talking about a principal partner of Ekere and Associates, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State. A former Executive Chairman, Akwa Ibom Investment & Industrial Promotion Council, AKIIPOC; a former chairman, Akwa Ibom State Boundary Commission.
He is also a former chairman, Akwa Ibom State Emergency Management Agency. A former chairman, Ibom Power company; former Director, Voice of Nigeria; former Director, Universal Energy Resources Limited; a former Director, Anchor Insurance Company Limited and a former Director, Amakpe Refineries. It’s now clear, why this man is like this. He has gotten experiences in almost every sector. A man so great in size and intellectuals. What else do we need, why not ask the question? Because not just his name, his past records calls for more questions. But we will definitely not derail. It’s a single question for him. And he must answer with the last drop of his sincerity.
Unknowingly, the 52 year old Surveyor hails from Ikot Oboroenyin in Edemaya Clan in Ikot Abasi Local Government area of Akwa Ibom State. Attended The Polytechnic, Calabar; Mary Knoll College, Ogoja; Regina Coeli College, Ikot Abasi and Methodist Central School, Ikot Abasi. A Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers; a registered member of Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registered Board of Nigeria; a senior certified Valuer from the International Real Estate Institute, Minnesota, USA and also an Associate member of Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation in London. With all these, there are enough reasons why Obong Nsima Ekere should give us an answer to this particular question.
Let’s be real. Your Excellency, please tell us the truth and nothing but the truth. Why do you love Akwa Ibom State this much. You’re now in control of nine states of the Niger Delta. So much power, a lot of actions to be taken. So many files and contracts to be approved. But you’ve decided to let go of the whole world to serve your fatherland. You’ve decided to set free your state from the hands of one family.
Even though you’ve not yet declared, but just be in the know that millions of people are waiting for your declaration. Millions of destinies are tied to your governorship. They want you at all cost. Please don’t disappoint them because they’ve seen your love for your state and they can’t be exempted. Now that you’ve known the question. Please don’t give any answer because good questions are better appreciated not answered. You’re a good man. A manager of materials and resources.
In 2019, after your swearing in. Your Excellency, this is what you shall do. Love your state the more. Despise riches, give alms to everyone in need. Stand up for the stupid and crazy. Devote your income and labour to others. Hate tyrants and godfatherism. Argue not concerning God; have patience and indulgence towards the people.
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown and probably to any man. Go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young. Go with the mothers of families. Read these leaves in the open air throughout your tenure. Re-examine all you have been told at school and church, together with those ones you read in books. Dismiss whatever insults from your own soul because your very flesh shall be a great poem. And you shall have the richest fluency, not only in words but in the silent lines of your lips. And you shall be called the leader of our time.
God Bless Akwa Ibom State!
By Ekere Gideon