PRESS STATEMENT: HE. NSIMA EKERE HAS NO HAND IN THE TRAVAILS OF ANY AKWA IBOM JOURNALISTS

PRESS STATEMENT

HE. NSIMA EKERE HAS NO HAND IN THE
TRAVAILS OF ANY AKWA IBOM JOURNALISTS

Our attention has been drawn to a press statement issued by the Coalition of Akwa Ibom State Media Professionals titled: Before the Dark Cloud Falls on Akwa Ibom Media Practitioners and Other Vocal Akwa Ibom Indigenes alleging that HE Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and Governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State is the unseen hand behind the arrest and detention of Prince Emmanuel Sam, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Independent Newspapers Publishers Association and publisher of The Guide Newspapers.

This assertion is false, baseless and completely devoid of any iota of truth and has been concocted to paint Mr. Ekere in the negative. For the avoidance of doubt, let me state clearly that Mr. Ekere is not – and cannot be – behind the travails of Prince Sam or any journalist, publisher, blogger or anyone with opinion that differs from his. Mr. Ekere is not synonymous with the Nigerian Police Force and we will therefore refuse every attempt to link him to the activities of the Police anywhere and in any manner.

Mr. Ekere is a staunch believer in press freedom and in the rights of media practitioners to hold governments and leaders accountable for the trust reposed on them by the people. He believes in the right to free speech. As he has said very often, a free press is a critical building block for the future he envisions for Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria and cannot take or support any action that curtails that freedom.

In recent months, Mr. Ekere has been the subject of a campaign of calumny which a section of the Akwa Ibom media has launched on him, his candidacy and his party, the APC. In spite of this, he remains undeterred in his determination to bring real change and prosperity to the people of Akwa Ibom State. In this season and time, when truth is scarce and falsehood elevated to high art, it is wise to take counsel from the words of John Milton who said: “Let truth and falsehood grapple. Who have ever seen truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?” May the truth always prevail.

Utibe Ukim
SA, Communication to HE Nsima Ekere


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