An advocacy group in Akwa Ibom State, the Mandates Eyes, has expressed displeasure over the comments attributed to the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Uche, during an event in his church, asking him to tender an apology to the people of the state.
It was gathered that the prelate, during the event, had said, “I am saying this publicly and I am not mincing words, former Governor Akpabio and the incumbent Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, left a very big shoe behind that is still very difficult to fill in Akwa Ibom State.”
The group, in a statement titled “that Unpriestly vituperation against Akwa Ibom by Dr. Samuel Uche, Prelate of Methodist Church” signed by the Director of Public Communications, Mr.Uwemedimoh Umana, advised the prelate to concentrate on his ecclesiastical calling rather than dabbling into politics.
According to Umana, such action doesn’t speak well of the prelate in the eyes of well-meaning members of the public.
The statement said: “The above comment credited to the Prelate of the Methodist Church with reference to Akwa Ibom state is beyond mischief, and can rightly be described as blackmail taken too far.
“We in the Mandate Eyes hereby call on the Pastor Samuel Uche to apologize to Akwa Ibom people, for insulting their integrity with such a veiled and destructive comment. He should desist from making provocative utterances capable of inciting sane people of the now peaceful Akwa Ibom.
“At first it sounded like a joke or prank by some idle bloggers, especially since the name of the prelate is wrongly presented as Sunday instead of Samuel.
“We waited to see if the prelate Samuel Uche would react to it, to no avail. Having seen no contrary remarks from the methodist Prelate, we are compelled to believe that he made that wild allegations, possibly to also dig deep into the former Governor’s established norm, that what money cannot do (for greedy and selfish Nigerians) more money can do.
“It’s the height of unfounded generalization by the Pastor Samuel Uche, whose statement implies that Akwa Ibom State under Udom Emmanuel is faring woefully.”
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