Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio and his predecessor, Obong Victor Attach saturday buried their differences and united to give befitting tributes and burial to late octogenarian, Chief Fidelis Eno James Etim, a recipient of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) at Uruk Uso village in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.
Chief Etim, a pioneer Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi and one-time Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), who died March 30 this year at the age of 77, was a bosom friend of Obong Attah and a political godfather to Chief Akpabio.
According to Governor Akpabio,” he was a man of peace; he brought me into the political circle in 2002 as commissioner and introduced me to the former governor, Arc. Victor Attah and that started the journey of my emergence as governor today”.
“ I am present today as a member of the family. As the state governor, I have not disappointed the late Fidelis Etim,rather, I have made him and the entire state proud. He was my political father and mentor. We would miss his fatherly love and wise counsel.
“So we are all here to bid an icon, father and educationist goodnight, for he was a man with a heart for God, a legend, who would always have a permanent place in our hearts. With his various qualifications, he was an asset to us, he was always there to strengthen the weak and give hope to the hopeless. He was a treasure to all Akwa Ibom people and to the entire Nigeria,” he remarked.
“His entrance into politics was for the betterment of the people. He was a Christian who was never found wanting in his Christian life. He was a role model for Akwa Ibom youths to emulate. He was completely a detribalised Nigerian who believed in one people,” he added.