The last may not have been heard of how the Acting Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Udeme Emmanuel desecrated the stool of the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs and Patriarch of Ibibio People worldwide, Oku Ibom Ibibio, His Eminence Nteyin Solomon Daniel Etuk.
The abominable act which happened on Monday, September 2, 2019 at the Palace of Oku Ibom Ibibio witnessed the new Acting Chairman shout down on the stool of the Patriarch of Ibibio people even as he walked out of other Ibibio Paramount Rulers.
The event took place when Oku Ibom Ibibio in collaboration with the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers (Ifim Ibom Ibibio) summoned Udeme Emmanuel and his group to explain the reason he decided to bring out a group with the nomenclature; Ukara Ibibio ( Government of Ibibio people).
When Udeme Emmanuel was called upon to give explanation, he insisted that his group is made up of men and women who are powerful enough to defend and protect the Ibibio people thus fitting to be called Ukara Ibibio.
When he made attempt to present a wrapper of the group to Oku Ibom Ibibio, the Ibibio Patriarch rejected it with a wave on his left hand.
The Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, His Royal Majesty Okuku Ime Udousoro on behalf of Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers ( Ifim Ibom Ibibio) in his remark warned Udeme Emmanuel to cease from bearing Ukara Ibibio as the name implies that the Traditional rulers of Ibibio people including the Oku Ibom Ibibio, the Governor among other notable sons and daughters of Ibibio land are among his subjects while he reigns supreme as the leader of Ibibio people.
The Monarch advised that it was in his best interest and that of his group to make a name change which he must inform Ifim Ibom Ibibio.
After the remarks of the Ibiono Ibom Paramount Ruler, Oku Ibom Ibibio rose and exited the palace without a remark, a gesture that was interpreted in the palace as one which the guest is not welcomed.
Immediately the Ibibio Patriarch rose towards the exit door in the presence of other traditional rulers, Udeme Emmanuel shouted that he is a bonafide son of Ibibio land and cannot be treated in such a manner.
The visibly angered Emmanuel immediately ordered the members of his group to leave the palace to their vehicles so as to return to Uyo.
With most members lingering at the palace, Udeme Emmanuel ordered his driver to bring him his car which he jumped in to drive out. The gatekeeper of the palace did not oblige him exit.
It was the intervention of the some Village Heads of Nsit Ubium Local Government Area with the Chancellor of Ibom Patriots, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen and the International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa Patrick Udofia that held Udeme Emmanuel back from leaving the palace in a furious state.
One of the Village Heads is quoted to have warned him “This is the palace of Oku Ibom Ibibio, you don’t talk that way. You are desecrating the stool of Oku Ibom Ibibio by this insulting action”.
Before being summoned by Ifim Ibom Ibibio, information at our disposal has it that on May 31, 2019, during a courtesy call by his group, Ukara Ibibio to the then Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Onofiok Luke, Udeme Emmanuel had spoken in an insulting manner against the leadership of Ibibio people in a bid to justify why his group, Ukara Ibibio is needed.
It is reported that Rt Hon Onofiok Luke among other House members had halted and called him to order and consequently schooled him on how not to heat up the polity through what they termed as unnecessary bickering.
It was gathered that some members in the leadership of Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio which had earlier bestowed him with the chieftaincy title of Ukai on hearing his untoward action against the Ibibio Traditional Rulers and Patriarch of Ibibio people had raised petition against him for the chieftaincy title to be stripped off.
Meanwhile, it could be recalled that the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel during the proclamation of Oku Ibom Ibibio on November 17, 2018 at Asan Ibibio ground after kneeling before the Patriarch of Ibibio people had warned that he will not tolerate any insult on the stool of Oku Ibom Ibibio.
The Governor said “This is a revered stool. Let us accord it due respect. No Akwa Ibom Son or daughter will accept any insult on this stool”.