Human rights activist and Convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) in Nigeria, Mr. Inibehe Effiong says he is holding Governor Godswill Akpabio responsible for the death of Dr. Ime Umanah, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State who reportedly died, Monday, in a car crash.
Umanah is said to have been on his way back to Lagos from Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, when his car allegedly had an accident somewhere around Owerri, Imo State. He was in Uyo for a case of ‘threat to life’ brought against him by Godswill Akpabio.
“If Godswill Akpabio didn’t institute the trump up charges against you, may be you wouldn’t have had cause to embark on the journey that cost your life,” Inibehe Effiong said, Tuesday, on Facebook, while paying tribute to the late philanthropist and politician.
“If tears could bring someone back to life my tears would have brought you back to life. I have fought emotions but emotions have betrayed me helplessly. Daddy, as I always called you; why didn’t you tell me when we spoke last Friday that you were going to depart this wicked world?
“I was supposed to be with you in court yesterday for continuation of hearing in the stupid, ungodly and malicious criminal charges instituted against you by the evil, demonic and monstrous emperor of Akwa Ibom State, the violent dictator that calls himself Godswill Akpabio, but I couldn’t be by your side in court because of flight disruption caused by fuel scarcity.
“You were to me a father figure, elder brother, confidant and bosom friend. I can’t believe I will not see and hear from you again. Each time we spoke, you always said God bless you- even on occasions that I should have been the one saying the appreciative prayers.
“I care not about whatever opinion your adversaries may hold about you, nobody in the history of Akwa Ibom State has invested so much time and resources towards the liberation of our State than you. You fought impunity to a standstill.
“Your love for the poor and down trodden was unprecedented. I cherish every moment we spent together whether in Lagos or Akwa Ibom State.”