I SEE HOPE AGAIN (An Epistle to Sen. Prince Bassey Edet Otu, Governor -Elect of Cross River State)


I have since my manhood and leaving Secondary School, had the good fortune to serve the Eastern Regional Government under Michael Opara, as a Produce Inspector. We were trained to inspect and grade palm oil, palm kernel and cocoa for export. We were busily engaged and the Region made a fortune out of these crops.

On graduation from UNN and completion of the NYSC, the South Eastern State was readily there for me. I was employed as a Higher Library Officer and the Government sponsored my professional Library studies at the Polytechnic of North London lslington. The Govt. was indeed always there for us. Scholarships and loans were just for the asking. It was indeed a near Eldorado. I had a rewarding career until my retirement from the Nigerian Immigration Service.

I regret to note the rapid deterioration in our human and material condition. With the noble creation of Cross River State, it was fast forward to years of the locust. From 1999, our youths whose only experience and credentials, are the names of their fathers, took over and embarked on rapacious serial rape of our patrimony, pristine values and Legacies. Today, Cross River State is in decay and to say it mildly, at the precipice of perdition. This is even made worse when on the ballot, we have an Etung Caterpillar to further roughen the terrain with a Wike, fully dressed as an undertaker and lying in wait for our monthly allocations.

This was indeed the dire situation, when providence threw you into the leadership matrix of Cross River State. With a huge debt profile and chaos every where, many discerning Cross Riverians do not envy you, carrying the carcass. However, difficult situations and times, also throw up men of resilience, of knowledge and compassion. While your situation needs no envy, you however need our understanding and support. Dire situations need dire remedies. While Omelletes are sweet, you cannot make any, without breaking an egg. Hard painful decisions are therefore to be expected from you.

In you I see hope again. Since attaining manhood and joining the APC, in 2015, I have never had the privilege and passion to see hope and invest body and soul in anybody’s political aspiration, except yours. Since my convictions have never failed me, it is my hope and prayer that our redemption is near. I thank the electorate and assure us all, that our votes for you, is a referendum against our dark past.

Your victory, Sweet Prince, is hope for us all again.

I am available for any advisory role.

Pat Ubi mni

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