Public Outrage Over Gov Akpabio's Wedding Gifts To Nigerian Music Star Tuface Idibia And Wife-PREMIUM TIMES

Tuface Idibia, Governor Akpabio of Akwa ibom and Tuface's new bride Annie
By Abdulrahman Abdulmalik

Friday’s presentation of two SUVs to Nigerian hip pop star, TuFace Idibia, and wife, Annie Macaulay, by Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, at their traditional wedding, has got a lot of Nigerians railing at the profligacy  of public officials.

Mr. Akpabio had stunned guests that thronged the Apostolic High School, Esit Urua Community venue, along Eket-Ibeno Road, for the traditional wedding of the celerity couple with the announcement of a donation of two brand new Toyota Prado SUVs to them.

The lucky couple are also to travel in the luxury of the company of 29 delegates from Akwa Ibom to the United Arab Emirate, UAE, courtesy of the governor, who also promised to throw the state’s treasury open to bankroll an all-expense paid trip for the white wedding scheduled for March 23 in Dubai.
The Eket-Ibeno Road, which has remained in a bad state for a long time, is to be fully rehabilitated before the next child dedication ceremony of the couple, the governor said.

Although a couple of loyalists commended the governor, commonly derisively called “the uncommon transformer” in the state, for his reckless spending of state funds, a cross-section of other Nigerians have described the gesture as “misplaced priority”, “wasteful” and “abuse of public trust” in the management of state resources.

No official justification
The state Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah, did not respond to calls and text messages by PREMIUM TIMES for official explanation regarding why the governor made the extravagant gesture in a state where salaries to civil servants are known to be consistently irregular.

A supporter of the governor, Egondu Okorie, was excited about the governor’s gesture, expressing disappointment in his Facebook page at those he said were making “shallow minded comments”, which he noted would not happen in civilized societies.

Another supporter, Ikazoboh Victor, blamed poverty for the comments by some of the governor’s critics, who condemned the donation, saying that “there is no big deal about just two SUVs as wedding gift”.
A self-serving ego trip

But not everybody is impressed, with some describing the gifts as outrageous.
“This is absolute rubbish”, an apparently angry Mary Udom said. “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.”

For Obo Effanga, Governance Manager, Action Aid Nigeria, the governor’s action is embarrassing, as it defeats the purpose for good governance, particularly in the allocation of resources.

“This is very embarrassing indeed! If governance is about being in a position to take decisions in the interest of the people of the state, when a governor allocates public resources to individuals because of their closeness to him, how does this enhance that purpose and the interest of the ordinary citizens in the state, on whose behalf the governor claimed he was making the donation?,” Mr Effanga said.

“It is even awkward that he donated two different cars to the couple, who, by virtue of their wedding, are supposed to be one in line with the marriage principle. He could as well have donated two different houses to them, as if he wants them to live separately!

“If the governor was doing this with his personal resources, which is very doubtful, nobody would be complaining. As if that is not enough, the state is going to bear the cost of 29 officials travelling to Dubai for the wedding.

“This amount could have been enough to do something more useful to the society. It could buy several volumes of books for University of Uyo that has been crying of funding challenges. That amount could sponsor a lot drugs that could be dispensed to citizens free,” he added.

Spokesman for the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Rotimi Fashakin, said it is such profligate and reckless spending of available resources at their disposal by governors from the Niger Delta region that has made the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, to suffer a long delay at the National Assembly till today.

According to Mr. Fashakin, if it were his personal resources, Mr. Akpabio would not do what he did, but having realised that Akwa Ibom earns a lot, based on 13 percent derivation, he could afford to spend on anything that catches his fancies.

He said, “This type of financial recklessness from governors of oil rich states is another reason militating against the passage of the PIB. The 10 per cent being proposed for the host communities is seen as superfluous if this type of unimaginable imprudence becomes second nature for some of these governors. This type of anti-people expenditure is only symptomatic of a leader that emerged through the subversion of the people’s will and desire.”
For Tope Fasua, an Abuja-based public affairs commentator, such behaviours are clearly as a result of lack of vision by our leaders.

“The Bible says the people perish for lack of vision and knowledge. Akpabio lacks vision, because he is on an ego trip. He thinks he has arrived. But, the truth is that despite the huge oil money that goes to the state every month, the rate of poverty still affects 80 per cent of the population.

“Nobody is thinking about the fact that the price of oil could crash. That is what economists call the tragic choice in Akpabio’s behaviour. All that would unravel soon.”

Calculating cost versus value index
A return ticket, Lagos-Dubai-Lagos, on Emirates flight is about $806 (about N126,542.00) for one person; and when multiplied by at least 35 people, made up of the 29 delegates, the couple and their parents, or representatives, the total cost for tickets and other protocol arrangements, like visa application fees, would be about N5million.

It is not clear if the governor would prefer a chartered flight arrangement or the use of his private jet to guarantee executive comfort for the delegation.

To take care of the transport and accommodation of the delegation, it is not also clear if the protocol arrangement would opt for an Executive Limousine option and a top of the range hospitality arrangement befitting the status of a pop star by going for a $2,000 per room per night lodging in a five-star hotel, which might cost about $300,000 (about N47 million) for at least a four-day stay.

Other exigencies, including at least $3,000 for each delegate as estacode ($105,000), about N16.5million, and other bookings for the wedding proper and reception, would gulp about N10million.

Conservative estimates show that by the time the couple returns to Nigeria at the end of the trip to Dubai, a minimum of N100million, including the cost of the two SUVs, would have gone from the state treasury for the project.

For Mr. Effanga, a donation of N100million to the University of Uyo would have gone a long way in relieving the university l of its funding constraint, which Vice Chancellor Comfort Ekpo, told the visiting Senate Committee on Education last week is affecting the development of the institution.

“If the amount to be spent on the ego trip to Dubai were to be invested in the provision of books to school libraries, medical facilities in hospitals or boreholes to communities in the state, including the musician’s new wife’s village, many citizens would derive more utilitarian value from the expenditure,” the activist noted.

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We waste so much energy discussing the irrelevant

They re giving out your oil blocks... You're yelling for just two SUVs and a trip to Dubai less than 200m naira... I was expecting the Governor to give them a private jet.. cos Prado jeep is nothing... Tuface knows better people than the Governor himself.. Pensioners 23billion stolen by one man, Subsidy funds amount to billions of dollars can't be accounted for till date, Someone talks about helping the Uyo University.. Where is the money the institution generate from poor student seeking for admission.. even without giving them the admission.. Abegiee

Akpabio Gift

This is sad and very unfortunate that a Govornor of a state where average citizens lives before poverty ladder will be engaging in act of wasteful spending.May Allah save us from heartless evil forces called Nigerian Governor.

Apabio's Emptiness

puerility mixed with lots of ego founded on emptiness parading as 'great' is the malaise of akpabio, nigeria and the inhabitants especially those who out of braggadocio ascended leadership positions---need the help of shrinks ---he is not alone, like a culture. have u noticed how he talks and struts about like bloated hippo ONCE HE HAS A MIC IN HAND, -- no brains but thinks he knows it all. keep it up greatest GOVERNOR nigeria ever will have.
whether his money or not, THE GESTURE IS SIMPLY A PRODUCT OF mental and spiritual emptiness .

I pity you Deri!?

Deri or whatever you call your self, I just feel so so sorry for you. Your comments are always boring, sentimental and childish. Buhuhu

CAN GOV.GODSWILL AKPABIO TELL US WHEN HE WILL FIX THIS RD...

IS IT NOT A SHAME THAT WHERE GOV. GODSWILL AKPABIO WENT TO PRIMARY SCHOOL THAT THERE IS NO MOTORABLE ROAD TO THAT VILLAGE TILL NOW?. CAN HE TELL US WHEN HE IS GOING TO MAKE A MOTORABLE ROAD TO THAT VILLAGE CALLED EKPENYONG ATAI I, IN ESSIEN UDIM.AT LEAST THIS WASTE AND LIKE ONES WOULD HAVE GONE A LONG WAY TO FIX THAT ROAD FROM THE CAPITAL.MAY GOD HELP HIM.

Another Avenue to loot

God'swill Akpabio, set-aside 4 Billion for 2face wedding celebration. He plans to move the money to Dubai with the 29 maned delegation. Where it will be paid into his foreign account over there.

akpabio's wedding gift

this ex 419 man who is lucky to come and reap where ex gov attah sowed, has been humiliating the elders of our state, promoting cultists and school drop-outs into his govt, kidnapping/killing innocent people in his search for power and over favouring his family in the distribution of govt contracts/appointments. Now bcos he wants to grap national power and do same in the entire country, he has been lavishing our state's wealth in this manner. In the name of God, he shall fail. Soon, Jonathan shall know the new ''friend'' that he has!

All play, and no work ...

Is this man (Akpabio) ever at his duty post???!!! He is forever at social events, award and prize giving ceremonies, heck! You'll see him at the opening of an envelope!! A little reminder for 'His Excellency', it's still not too late take up the mandate that you now hold which is as a Public Servant to the good citizens of Akwa Ibom State!

When common sense is not so common

You would have thought that with the sorry state of poverty experienced by the majority of Akwa Ibom indigenes, that such gargantuous sums of money should be going towards implementing projects to create livelihoods. This governor has exposed his blatant disregard for the public purse. This is NOT the kind of 'uncommon transformation' that Akwa Ibom needs.

GODSWILL aAKPBIO WAS ONCE A LUNATIC, CHRISTY IGBOKWE SAVED......

Godswill Akpabio was a msd man at one time. It was CHRISTY IGBOKWE that helped to get him cured at Onna Local Government Area.

When he became governor through the OTTA GORRILLA DOCTRINE (SELECTION ) he tried everything to rubbish the Lady of Sonds.

Akpabio is a careless talkative. He collected Fifty Billion Naira lon from banks. Let his give all out and leave the debt for the people. God will punish Akpabio and his family members for stealing the state dry. The blood of the suffering people of the state will find them out.

Let him go ahead and waste Akwa Ibom peoples commonwealth while the owners are suffering.

THE BLOOD OF THE SUFFERING AKWAIBOMITES WILL BE ON HIS HEAD.

Godswill Akpabio borrowed N 50,000,000,000 FIFTY BILLION NAIRA last year from the Capital Market. He has spent all that money in buying a private jet for himself. Use some to bribe so called men of God like Oritsejafor, Mbang, Makinde, Adeboye, Sultan of Sokoto.

The following crooks are not left out. They go to Uyo Govt. house and cue to collect.

They are; IBB, OBASANJO, ABDULSALAMI ABUBARKAR.

Also going there on weekly basis to collect the blood money are the following:

Wole Soyinka (he was there last week) Gen. Aliyu Gusau, the man that Akpabio want to run with as VP in 2015, Segun Osoba etc etc.

Akpabio is an accident waiting to happen. Very soon Jonathan will discover who the real Akpabio is.

On the devilish gift to Tuface; it is a known fact that Annie used to be Akpabio's girl friend in Lagos. QED!

Akpabio is a callous man.

Akpabio is a callous man. That is the state of our nation, we have greedy and corrupt characters as so called leaders. Akpabio is spending his State's money as if it were his. He is only generous because the money is not his, he is devoid of moral character and judgement. Or could this be a ploy to 'send' money to Dubai? Could it, could it, only time will tell what he is up to with his reckless and dubious spending. The result will be shocking, worse than what his old friend Ibori did.

When you give shoes to a shoeless man, that's what you get!

Hmmmm...only on Naija can this happen. Using States resources to present gifts to a private citizen while celebrating a private ceremony. Nigeria we hail thee!

When you give shoes to a man who has been shoeless for so long, the tendency is for him to put the right shoe on the left foot and vice versa!

Be careful of the likes of Akpabio and shoeless and clueless President.

THE BLOOD OF THE SUFFERING AKWAIBOMITES WILL BE ON HIS HEAD.

Godswill Akpabio borrowed N 50,000,000,000 FIFTY BILLION NAIRA last year from the Capital Market. He has spent all that money in buying a private jet for himself. Use some to bribe so called men of God like Oritsejafor, Mbang, Makinde, Adeboye, Sultan of Sokoto.

The following crooks are not left out. They go to Uyo Govt. house and cue to collect.

They are; IBB, OBASANJO, ABDULSALAMI ABUBARKAR.

Also going there on weekly basis to collect the blood money are the following:

Wole Soyinka (he was there last week) Gen. Aliyu Gusau, the man that Akpabio want to run with as VP in 2015, Segun Osoba etc etc.

Akpabio is an accident waiting to happen. Very soon Jonathan will discover who the real Akpabio is.

On the devilish gift to Tuface; it is a known fact that Annie used to be Akpabio's girl friend in Lagos. QED!

Ibeno Road

1+1=1, why 2 cars? Would ve been wise to present 1 expensive car 4 de price of 2, than what he did. What is de moral behind it, who r his advisers or wants to be 1st of it kind in guiness book?
He promise to fix Ibeno road during his campange in 2011, now he is making another promise to a road to where about 95% of state resouces comes from. Shame to Ibeno, Eket, NDDC, PDP & Akwa Ibom leaders.

Hour of reckoning is coming for SS govs

Sooner than they think, the house will be cleaned out. Ask Ibori

Nigerians are stupid.

Many times, I have engaged myself in bitter arguments with my peers about the solution to Nigerian problems. A majority of my peers tend to think the leaders have failed. However, I think all of us. The reason for this summary is that I am ashamed of some of these posting by my fellow Nigerians who support Akpabio. The marriage ceremony was a private affair. It should remain private and not a state or national concern. Why should the government spend money on a private ceremony? What has Tuface or his wife done to contribute to the development of the society? What powers does the Governor have to appropriate and spend money at a private ceremony? Why are these gifts not given to every couple that wedded in Akwa Ibom? We have Governors who behave like lunatics and supporters who lack any sense of the role of the government. May God help us.

Ebitiong Edward, hush,

Ebitiong Edward, hush, Akpabio is a good Governor. He is a man of achievement. What did that military governor imposed there do for the people of Cross River and Akwa Ibom? Nada, zipo.

wedding gifts

I dont see anything wrong with the kind gesture from the Governor to the Idibias.. Atleast we know what he did with the funds unlike those that keep looting their lives away. Tuface deserves whatever gift he gets from anyone because he is the best thing that has happened to the Nigerian Music Industry. Afterall, the Govt is branding subsidy thieves with National Honours like MFR,OON, MON etc.. Akpabio Welldone

Tell the Governor thanks but no thanks!

There is nothing stopping the couple from rejecting the gifts, morally it's the right thing to do!

The peoples governor, Akpabio

He is the best governor in Nigeria and that is why he was recently made the chairmen of the PDP governors forum. Who is complaining? Government money for the masses. Ask Jonathan and Patience

The entertainment and

The entertainment and nollywood industry is the best thing to have come out from 9ja since its amalgamation 99years ago. It started decades ago with the likes Fela, Victor Uwaifo, Pete Edochie etc. It became of global recognition through Tuface Idibia, D'banj, P'square, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Ekehinde etc. These are people who should be giving awards and honour in the country and not the political thieves. They are the only ones who are making naijas proud both locally and abroad. The gov't has failed to honour these great minds who despite the challenges they go through in a failed country still stood firm and came out with great music and movies. Now that Akpabio has recognised the talent of Tuface through his wedding people are talking. But they will go mute when politicians steals revenues and oil blocks. I mean whats wrong for the governor to show appreciation to a talent like 2baba. Why crying foul over meagre sum when we can't account for oil wells. Haba naijas!

AKPABIO-AN EYED MAN LEADING THE BLINDS.

I NEVER KNEW THAT MAN IS LOUSY UNTIL I SAW & HEAR HIM TALK RECENTLY ON TV WITH MAKU'S MISADVENTURE!
DONT BLAME HIM.HE IS STACK ILLITERATE.
AN EYED MAN AMONG THE BLINDS(IBOMITES).
NO GOVERNOR CAN TRY THIS IN THE CIVILISED STATES OF KANO,KADUNA & LAGOS!

Godswill Akpabio is a power drunk rapist.

Godwill Akpabio is a known rapist. He thinks with cash and state power he can force any beautiful girl to bed and sleep with her.

After three months he will look for one of his over 200 cult members who double as (his) personal assistants to marry such a girl. Godswill Akpabio the cultist governor would then give the man N5M for wedding expenses.

GODSWILL AKPABIO . SHAME ON YOU!!!! CONFESS TO TUFACE..OO!

AKPABIO & HIS BROTHER NSENTIP TAKE PRIDE IS SLEEPING WITH.......

Godswill Akpabio and his brother NSENTIP are competing among themselves who will become champion in their lust for sleeping with other people's wives in Akwa Ibom State. The thing is open knowledge in Akwa Ibom State. And husbands dare not speak out for fear of being killed by their killing machine, THE PEACE HOUSE commanded by Don Etim the Commissioner of Works.

Godswill and Nsentip also sleep with single girls and then appoint one of their cult members as Personal Assistant and ask the man to marry such a girl.. The governor will give the would-be husband Five Million Naira for the wedding.

It must be that Akpabio and his brother have been sleeping with ANNIE for him to open the State Treasury for these moral deficient fools---- Annie & Tuface.

Tuface Shame On You! Did you not know that Akpabio was screwing your Annie? He has already ruined your marriage by donating two SUVS to both of you. Go and ask an elderly man in your village.

E no matter

I don't see nothing wrong with him giving Tuface and Annie those vehicles. Methinks it's a way to encourage the state's female indigenes to excel more. Besides, are we all screaming because he disclosed the gifts? It means you guys would commit mass suicide if you knew the amount of money that is to be spent by that state to bankroll the wedding proper in Dubai. I sound this way because I've found it's much healthier to be optimistic in Naija because there's nothing any of you masses can do about these 'ills'.

Think before you open your mouth!

I can see you are one of those idiots from El Rufia's camp who would like to blame every negative story to GEJ. Go ahead and blame him even for your inability to perform your role as a man to your wife! Shameless fools who acts like robots, Nigerian parasite.

AKPABIO & HIS BROTHER NSENTIP TAKE PRIDE IS SLEEPING WITH.......

Godswill Akpabio and his brother NSENTIP are competing among themselves who will become champion in their lust for sleeping with other people's wives in Akwa Ibom State. The thing is open knowledge in Akwa Ibom State. And husbands dare not speak out for fear of being killed by their killing machine, THE PEACE HOUSE commanded by Don Etim the Commissioner of Works.

Godswill and Nsentip also sleep with single girls and then appoint one of their cult members as Personal Assistant and ask the man to marry such a girl.. The governor will give the would-be husband Five Million Naira for the wedding.

It must be that Akpabio and his brother have been sleeping with ANNIE for him to open the State Treasury for these moral deficient fools---- Annie & Tuface.

Tuface Shame On You! Did you not know that Akpabio was screwing your Annie? He has already ruined your marriage by donating two SUVS to both of you. Go and ask an elderly man in your village.

Escape via Vice-president

After stealing billions, God'swill Akpabio plans to escape prosecution via jumping from one immunity clause to another, this time via bankrolling a northern candidate financially for president and getting rewarded with the vice president slot. While pretending to GEJ that he is his man any day so GEJ will allow the courts to continue to save his skin via throwing out court cases that are against his PDP primaries. If all fails, he has already offered himself for a senate position like all the other corrupt Governor's before him. But I promise you Akpabio, you are going where you belong, back to Ikot Ekpene prison.

Of C'mon Shutup Yar'adua...

This is precisely like retards like Yar'adua are the cog in this whole contraption called Nigeria.... People are talking gifts, from a politician to an entertainer as inappropriate and this imbecile is weaving religious sentiments.... And in your "all religious" goodness, what good have you done to stop the killings in the north? Those who dress "naked" and dance in their place of worship and those who kill in the name of fighting for God, who, in your opinion has the slightest opportunity to make aljanah? Moron....