Following the backlash of display of unsolicited gifts and assistance to music star, Tuface Idibia and his wife, Annie at their recent traditional wedding, Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio has defended his actions calling it an act of kindness to a daughter of Akwa Ibom.
In a statement released by Akpabio’s commissioner of information reads:
“Following spurious and false speculations in the social media concerning the wedding gift by Governor Godswill Akpabio to Mrs. Annie Innocent Idibia, née Macaulay, I wish to state as follows:
That the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Chief Godswill Akpabio, donated ONE Prado jeep to Mrs. Annie Innocent Idibia, nee Macaulay a daughter of Akwa Ibom State and renowned artist during her traditional marriage at Eket.
That the State Governor as a token of support for the couple promised to fund the traveling expenses (economy return tickets) for ONLY TWENTY relatives of Mrs. Annie Idibia Macaulay to Dubai, where the couple have chosen to wed.
That looking carefully at the surrounding events in perspective, Mrs. Annie Idibia, nee Macaulay is a daughter of Akwa Ibom State and the gift of a Prado SUV from her governor is only a gesture of love and goodwill.
Her resolve to stand by her husband on his journey right from his days of youthful beginnings to stardom even in the face of challenges was commendable and a true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women.
That It is however unbecoming that mischief makers and enemies of progress have decided to inflame the social media with incongruous reports that the State Government is sponsoring an entourage of party supporters to the wedding in Dubai, when in fact the Government is only sponsoring the travel expenses of twenty of her family members at an estimated cost of roughly Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00) only.
“I wish to therefore urge members of the public to discountenance the misrepresentations made out of a well-intentioned act of the governor.”
However, his “well-intentioned act” seems not to go down well with the citizen of the state wallowing in abject poverty.
Read some of their comments below:
“This is absolute rubbish. These (Tuface and wife) are no poor people. I don’t see why Akpabio is doing such a thing. If it were an ordinary man’s wedding, he (Akpabio) won’t even send a gift, talkless of giving cars.”…Mary Udom.
“If the controversial gift of about N10,000,000 is used to establish Annie’s Youth Empowerment Loan Scheme of N50,000 per recipient, the lives of 200 Akwa Ibom citizens who are currently working as househelps in different parts of the country will change positively forever……………….God is on the throne.”….Friday
“If they are doing the wedding in Dubai, then it means they can afford to transport family members to the place. So why is the government picking the bills?”…Adoki
Irrespective of whatever he chose to give the couple as a wedding gift, couldn’t he just make it private instead of boasting about it in the presence of people who could not afford three square meals?