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Akwa Ibom: Ibibios Fume against Ethnic Bias in Federal Appointments

The Federal Government’s perceived discriminatory practices against the Ibibios, the second largest ethnic group in the old eastern region after the Igbos, is sparking tension in the oil-rich state and potentially posing challenges for the ruling party in upcoming elections. The Ekid People’s Union (EPU) has raised concerns, highlighting the imbalanced nature of major appointments made in Akwa Ibom State.

According to the EPU’s communique, despite the Ibibio’s significant population, key appointments have predominantly favored a specific tribe in the state, leaving the Ibibio, including Ekid, feeling marginalized.

Expressing dissatisfaction, the EPU urged the Federal Government to address the issue promptly, emphasizing the importance of adhering to federal character principles in future appointments. The organization stressed the need for inclusivity and a sense of belonging in the decision-making processes.

Additionally, the EPU lamented the adverse impact of successive public policies on Nigerians, leading to a surge in mass poverty. While commending former Governor Udom Emmanuel and the 7th state House of Assembly for enacting the first-ever Akwa Ibom State Map, the EPU called for its full implementation by relevant government agencies.

The EPU also advocated for the swift implementation of the Akwa Ibom State Elders’ Council recommendations, especially the removal of illegal structures in the Stubbs Creek Reserve Forest. The organization’s concerns reflect broader discontent with perceived neglect and marginalization from Abuja, raising questions about the political implications for the APC

IMAGE: Africa facts

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