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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Gov Of Akwa Ibom Disowns Aide Who Shaded President Buhari And Forces Him To Apologise

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has disassociated himself from his aide who said that President Muhammadu Buhari cared more about his cows than Nigerians who are suffering economic hardship.





The governor’s media aide, Essien Ndueso, Thursday, posted on Facebook, photos of Mr. Buhari’s recent visit to his ranch in Daura, and said of the photos, “Today, we are in an administration that cows fare better than human beings.”

Mr. Ndueso mockingly added that “If the cost of grass were to increase, or if anyone were to tamper 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 comment attracted an outrage from some Nigerians, especially Mr. Buhari’s supporters.

Governor Emmanuel, who is outside the country, issued a quick rebuttal through his spokesperson, Ekerete Udo.

A government source said the governor was angry with the attack on the president, and ordered that the Government House issue a response.

“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 governor’s spokesperson, Ekerete Udoh, said in a statement issued on Friday. “We hereby, totally and unreservedly disassociate ourselves from the referenced comment.”

The statement said Mr. Ndueso’s comment was his “personal opinion” and that it was “ill-conceived” and “obtuse”.

“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 a close and cordial relationship that goes beyond political labels and affiliations,” the statement said.

“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,” he said.


The governor, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, also ordered Mr. Ndueso to apologise to President Buhari.


“The post which was a light-hearted comment was never intended to ridicule the President,” Mr. Ndueso said on Facebook while apologising to President Buhari.

However, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state said it was difficult for Governor Emmanuel to extricate himself from the conduct of Mr. Ndueso and his other aides.

According to the party, the president had been constantly attacked and ridiculed on the social media by many of the governor’s aides.

“APC is dissatisfied with this lame measure and the Government’s response to the consistent media attacks at the office of the President and the willful attempt to ridicule and denigrate President Muhammadu Buhari,” the party said in a statement issued on Saturday through its spokesperson, Edet Bassey.

“Taking cognizance of Buhari’s fatherly disposition to Udom as seen in his various private visits to the President and many official trips he has undertaken with Mr. President, it is difficult to comprehend whether Udom is acting in concert with his aides to denigrate the President or they are on a frolic of their own,” Mr. Bassey said, adding that the governor should apologise to the president.

Imaobong Akpan, a supporter of Mr. Buhari in Akwa Ibom, reacted to the controversy thus, “It is both ironic and incredible as this same president is seen to be favourably disposed to the Akwa Ibom state governor.

“A situation where Governor Emmanuel’s media aides will sing praises of their boss being a ‘favoured’ and a regular guest to Mr. President because of his (Mr. Emmanuel’s) ‘capacity and intelligence’, while denigrating the president, on one hand, has become a situation of extreme recklessness and demands a drastic action,” she told PREMIUM TIMES.

10 comments:

Alloy Chikezie said...

Warreva! The aid didn't lie.

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Anonymous said...

The same Ndueso that talks as if he has 100litres of saliva. Good for him. He will now mellow on his useless posts. Civil servants will be waiting for their salary while the idiot will post about the same civil servants being paid on the 24th of every month.

Anonymous said...

The same Ndueso that talks as if he has 100litres of saliva. Good for him. He will now mellow on his useless posts. Civil servants will be waiting for their salary while the idiot will post about the same civil servants being paid on the 24th of every month.

Broomstick said...

I don't know about the members of APC in other states, but those in AKS are decidedly the worst I've met. If there's an announcement today that same aide has decamped to APC, they'll scramble to explain how Nigerians misunderstood what he had said. The Nsima Ekere saga is an example

Anonymous said...

What he said is the truth.

Anonymous said...

Go and rest mumu. All politicians are the same so stop fooling yourself

St.FranKooL.... said...

#No one is "always busy", it just depends on what number you are on their priority list*

Anonymous said...

Gov Udom us a coward, thinking Buhari cares about you is another stupidity you and Gov Dave Umahi are in.Your Aide was right and APC already has a Gov Candidate so do not think Buhari will support you for 2019, stupid Governors. Just like Dave is making effort to enter Apga because PDP will never give him 2019 ticket

Proudly Anonymous said...

When you are sent on an errand like a slave you deliver it like a free born.

Discretion is the better part of valour.

If you are not smart in dealing with politicians,when the chips are down you are toast.You will inherit the enemies of your bosses but never his friends.

Ndueso is a poor student of power and politics.

Anonymous said...

Very true....Nduosu talk ffacts nah

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