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I did not vow to make govt officials go blind, C’River Paramount Ruler says

By Kelvin Obambon

The Paramount Ruler of Bakassi local government area and Chairman of Cross River State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Etim Okon Edet, has debunked media report alleging that he vowed to make government officials go blind for not treating traditional rulers well.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Calabar on Wednesday, the monarch affirmed that he was quoted out of context.

He said he did not vow to maim any government official for whatever reason, as such practice is alien to the culture inherited from his ancestors.

The statement reads:

“My attention has been brought to an utter misrepresentation of a political opinion I held recently when the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Cross River gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Sandy Ojang Onor, in company with former governor Donald Duke and deputy governor, Efiok Cobham and a host of others paid me a visit as part of their campaign tour for the forthcoming general elections in Cross River.

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“In a Monday 23rd January 2023 Today’s News Now, TNN (Volume 10, Number 3, page 3) publication, it is reported that I, Etim Okon Edet the Paramount Ruler of Bakassi, angrily vowed to make government officials go blind for not treating Traditional Rulers well.

“To begin with, this is a glaring instance of quoting a subject out of context. It is a regrettable misconstruction of what I said on Tuesday to my august guests in the state capital. This quality of sensationalism by a seeming reputable media organisation is absolutely  unprofessional and in bad taste. The full video of what I said should be published for the people to view.

“Why should I make government officials blind ? Am I God? Am I not still human? Is that what my ancestors taught me to do? How could I prioritise inflicting pains on another person for a perceived wrong?

“Let it be stated clearly and in categorical terms – I did not angrily vow to maim any government official(s), not now or tomorrow. I am too educated for such childish, myopic fantasies. Besides, such exuberance is not the antecedent of my ancestors.
Ayade never promised me a Palace, Obasanjo promised.

“Let me use this opportunity to re-state what I said to my guest: That I need a palace. I want to live in Bakassi. Then, I jokingly said politicians are blind to the fact that they only empower politicians forgetting that Traditional Rulers also custody political culture of the people. I am the number one IDP in Nigeria, and so I want the federal government to properly resettle us. In Hindu mythology, the story is recounted about determination and that PDP should adopt determination to recover their lost egg.

“For me, this is what the forthcoming general elections in the state should be about, not a politics hinged on ethnicity and tribalism but, on competence and character.”