The senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North- East Senatorial District in the 2015 general elections, Hon Bassey Etim, has asked Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari alone for the current state of insecurity in the country.
Rather, Etim asked Nigerians to hold the Senate, legislators and state governors accountable for not doing enough in assisting the federal government in putting an end to the security crises in the country.
This was contained in a statement he signed personally and made available to newsmen yesterday in Abuja.
Reacting to the judgement of the Supreme Court that declared Senator Bassey Akpan as the authentic winner to represent the people of Akwa Ibom Ibom North- East Senatorial District, he charged his teeming supporters to put behind them the judgement and look ahead to 2019. Describing the outcome of the judgement as repugnant to equity, justice and fair play, Etim added that he do not blame anybody hence the apex court is the final court of the land.
“The outcome of the judgement is repugnant to equity, justice and fair play thereby making the judgement unreliable. I am hurt but feel honoured and happy that you appreciate my efforts by fighting a just cause. Since after the judgement, I received over 5,000 calls and text messages from the constituents and beyond.
However, I was touched by the fact that a lot of youth(s)/ women are unemployed, high rate of poverty, no industry, deceitful empowerment strategy, abandonment of the widows /less-privileged in government representation, inadequate laws to address the wanton killings in the country and lot more.
“By this judgement of the Supreme Court, the words of Justice Aputa JSC, as it then was, is glaring in this circumstance ‘We are final not because we are infallible but we are infallible because we are final’. However, I believe in the words of Mahatma Gandhi which says ‘There is a higher court than the court of law and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all the courts.’”