Names have meanings and tell much about the bearer. An exploration of the Bible and other historical books proves beyond doubt that the circumstances surrounding a person’s birth, parental expectations and frustrations, future ambitions and hopes, the time of birth, actions and inactions of the parents, plus other variables influence the names people bear.
In the political setting, names are also given to people based on what they do. Leaders who are not transparent in handling public funds are named looters, corrupt leaders, wasters, and so on. There are others who bear names like transparency, integrity, prudence, accountability and good managers, because of their pattern of leadership.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel happens to belong to the latter class because of his high taste for transparency and accountability which is chiefly influenced by parental upbringing, religious background and years of experience in the banking sector.
Throughout his years in the financial institution, his gradual elevation to the highest echelon in the sector through hard work and prudent management of finance, he has never been linked to any sharp or fraudulent practices. Instead, his name has often been mentioned in connection with innovative ideas, intelligence, creativity, prudence, integrity and progress. That informed why his choice as Governor in 2015 was overwhelmingly received by lovers of progress and development across board.
When he assumed office at a time that the country was submerged in recession, Gov. Udom Emmanuel through his wealth of experience in financial matters steadily led us above recession, dragging meaningful projects to the state. At a time when other leaders were lamenting for lack of funds, Gov. Emmanuel was able to manage our lean resources to do what those that had surplus could not do. The Governor is a gift God has blessed Akwa Ibom with.
Even as a governor, he is not leading exorbitant lifestyle, but has ignored the pressure to flaunt flamboyant lifestyle consistent with some African leaders, changing cars every 6 months, buying properties everywhere, throwing parties every weekend, and many of such. It might surprise you to know that the governor is still maintaining till today the vehicle he acquired when he assumed office in 2015. How many Governors, past and present could have done this? This is the height of financial discipline.
It is regrettable to acknowledge the fact that there are people whose desire is to see the governor fail, but he is succeeding on all fronts. Since they have realized that their prophecy of doom has been averted by the governor’s focused leadership style and superlative performance, the aggrieved elements now resort to blackmail, blasphemy and politics of calumny, raising spurious allegations and unsubstantiated arguments coded in maleficence.
Having acknowledged the fact that there are damning consequences (litigations) that may trail their social media bigots for their false claims, they now attempt to utilize other sundry media like websites and others that are not easily traceable, to sell their blackmail.
These frustrated politicians who are displaying tantrums because of their 2023 ambitions, are already scratching all avenues to maintain a lifeline that will give them political relevance.
They are eager to do anything, pay people heavily to blackmail the present administration and engage in emergency and calculated act of benevolence.
However, their tactics are well known, and no effort to denigrate the present administration will yield fruit, as the Governor’s excellent performance in financial transparency test is already speaking volume and strategically positioning the state on world economic map, as more investors are relocating to Akwa Ibom.
The Governor will never be deterred by the activities of these individuals as his attention at the moment is not on election, but in the elevation of Akwa Ibom State to heights unimagined in industrialization, security, agriculture, rural development and aviation.