Nigeria

Shun terrorism, Editor’s late father urged Nigerian youths

By Akanimo Sampson
CHIEF Etuk-Udo Sampson, the late father of a senior Niger Delta journalist and editor, Akanimo Sampson who was abducted by Kidnappers in Abia State, Eastern Nigeria in June 2010, has appealed to aggrieved Nigerian youths to shun
all forms of terrorism and kidnapping of citizens for the sake of the country.
Family sources say the departed senior citizen had wished to witness a Nigeria devoid of Boko Haram, herdsmen terrorism
and acts of insurgency by aggrieved ethnic and regional militia.
One of the elders of the Etukudo ruling house in the larger Adiambuk Family, Adiambuk Nse Tudor, a retired school principal
said while briefing some local reporters on Good Friday in Eket that their departed patriarch had wished in his last days that
youths of Nigeria should shun all forms of violence and embrace peace in resolving all forms of communal and inter-
communal differences.
Chief Sampson who was Abong Atong Adiambuk will be buried along with his late wife, Princess Gloria next Saturday,
April 7, at Atai Ndon Afaha-Eket in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The royal father was however,
abducted with three others in 2010 on their way back to Eket from a wedding ceremony.

 

The late Chief Sampson was at Ikeduru in Imo State, for the wedding ceremony of his nephew, Mr Akanimo N. Sampson
Etukudo, where he served as the groom’s father of the day. Some five other relatives who accompanied him to the
wedding received serious gunshot wounds during the abduction.

 

An eye-witness account then said he was abducted at Onicha Ngwa, near the Nigerian Christian Hospital, after
sporadic gun shots by the bandits which lasted for some 10 minutes.
Mr Daniel Abia, spokesperson for the Journalists for Niger Delta (JODEL), a media group concerned
with the affairs of the oil and gas region, said Abia State was becoming increasingly unsafe for Akwa
Ibom and Rivers States citizens. The group called on the federal government to do something about that axis
of terror, since the authorities in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, appear to be helpless.

 

The retired school principal described the late patriarch as ”a man of peace who gave everyone who encountered
him a fairtreatment. He did not condone cheating and oppression”, adding that Chief Sampson died believing that
Nigeria would be a very great country if all ethnic groups learn to live in peace with one another and show greater
religious tolerance.