The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has disagreed with the views of the candidate of Young Democratic Party (YDP) in the 2019 governorship election in Akwa Ibom state, Architect Ezekiel Nyah Etok, over his comments on the newly launched state airline, Ibom Air.
AILM, in a media briefing held in its secretariat in Uyo on Wednesday, July 10 by its acting secretary general, Solomon Abasiekong, opposed what it described as Etok’s doubts on the profitability and sustainability of the airline.
It said although the YDP guber candidate thought the state’s airline is a wasteful venture, “several Nigerians, including notable opposition sympathizers such as APC chieftain, Mr. Anietie Usen and human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong Esq., gave great review for the unprecedented feat.” AILM maintained that Etok was only “grand-standing with his assertions about an innovation that has enjoyed wide acceptance from all well meaning Akwa Ibom citizens and Nigerians as a whole.”
“Much as his series of essay on Ibom Air do not deserve a second thought let alone a rebuttal, we decide to make an exception of this particular piece, reason being that Etok seems emboldened each day,” the group said. Taking a swipe at Etok’s proposal of what Ibom Air should look, the group expressed concern that his idea for the airline is no different from the herders’ demand for ‘ruga settlement.’ Etok has been very vocal in criticizing the conceptualization of the airline, referring to it as wasteful venture. In a recent article titled “Again on Ibom Air,” he questioned the profitability and sustainability of the airline.
KAbasiekong said: “We believe that Architect Nyah Etok’s baseless insinuations about Ibom Air are aimed to sustain his dying popularity after the 2019 governorship elections.