The Akwa Ibom State Government has offset the medical bills of victims of pre and post-election violence at the just concluded general elections in the state.
The government also made cash donations to the victims receiving treatment at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and Bone Setting Home, in Uyo and wished them a quick recovery.
Addressing newsmen at the hospital and bone setting home, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem who visited the injured persons on Sunday, March 17, on behalf of the Governor, said the visit and donations were part of government’s effort to ease the suffering of the affected persons.
Dr Ekuwem who described the sight of the victims as sorry and regrettable, noted that those behind the inhuman act were enemies of the state whose intention was to plunge the state into crisis.
Describing the perpetrators of the act as coward, the SSG queried, “If you are on ground, if you are sure you could win an election that is conducted democratically, an election that is free, fair and peaceful, then there is no need to inflict pains, no need to be violent. It is only when you are not on ground that you tend to be harmful the way we’ve just seen.
“I have just emerged from the emergency ward, where I went to see for myself, the disturbing level that the APC have reduced themselves to. Like the little girl I saw, that girl is not even up to voting age. Just to transfer that anger, that venom and disappointment of defeat, they needed to do what they’ve just done to that innocent child. To visit mayhem on innocent people is unacceptable. This act of cowardice is not acceptable in our democracy”.
He assured that the state government will continually secure the lives and properties of all law-abiding people of the state and residents.
According to him, only those who are desperate to win at all cost, would degenerate to exerting pains on the harmless electorates.
“We are not happy about what we have seen. We will see what we can do to make sure that succour and help comes to those Akwa Ibomites who are suffering because of their desire, determination to exercise their franchise. You cannot deprive an Akwa Ibomite of his or her franchise to freely elect a government of his or her choice.
“It is barbaric for anyone to inflict mayhem on any individual for no just cause. It is pure cowardice to fire a gunshot at the back of a woman”, Dr Ekuwem stated.
He assured that the state government would take appropriate legal action against the perpetrators of the barbaric act with a view of ensuring that culprits are brought to book.
The SSG was accompanied by the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Iniobong Essien on the visit and witnessed by several Non-governmental Organisations.