Death, in the customs and tradition of Annang land remains sacred and sacrosanct and what’s true to Annang land is true to any tribe and race. When a man passes on, no matter the age, it brings somber times and moment of critical thinking and reflections. Hence, both friends and enemies always pay their last respect, leading to our popular adage, “there is no foe in death.”
My eyes are teary and my heart shattered on the wild celebration of some of our sons and daughters on the purported death of the executive chairman of Oruk Anam LGA. He may not have been the best chairman but he has to the best of his ability, contributed his quota to the advancement of his people and the expansion of frontiers of Oruk Anam LGA. Every man’s endeavour is subject to criticism, appraisal and ultimately evaluation. It’s normal to criticize the quality of delivery of the chairman which I have done and to urge him to do more and also to support him to get on full throttle.
If you feel so disappointed in his policies and capacity, you can deny him your vote when next he comes calling or you can open a petition for him to resign. If 70 percent of Oruk Anam people sign the petition, I think we can force him out of office.
To wish him death is sacrilegious, a rape on our tradition and is alien to our collective way of life. So these actions desecrate our belief in God and erode our conscience as brother’s keepers.
It is wickedness and gross evil to celebrate a man’s illness and downfall talk less of death. I condemn these acts by our people in strong terms and urge those who hatched and executed this sacrilege to tender an unreserved apology to the Idiongs dynasty and the people of Oruk Anam.
I have said it time and time again that, we are first brothers and sisters before politics. The politics is not itself dirty but our actions make it so. There is no ideology of any political party that I have so far reviewed that is bad but it is the people that fail to implement the lofty ideologies. So be it PDP or APC as we now have as two renowned parties in our clime, their manifestoes speak the same language but we are where we are because of us not party.
There is nothing as effective as contrast of ideas. It pushes us faster to our full potentials and potents everything good for our speedy advancement. It’s something we should cherish, crave and encourage rather than allow it to divide us.
Our passion may have been strained but it must not break our bonds of brotherhood, Abraham Lincoln said to a people far less divided than us and I am saying the same to all my kins.
God bless Prince Ubong Idiong and give him good and sound health! God bless Oruk Anam!!
HRH Prince Brown Owoh.