Prince Uko Idiong’s legacy of peace in Ukanafun

A commendable footprint


“Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time”— by Henry Longfellow
Hon Prince Uko Idiong became the chairman of Ukanafun in 2017 a very critical time in Ukanafun history. The land was under siege by angry and aggrieved youths who took up arms to engage in all kind of criminal activities against the people. Life in Ukanafun for over two years became short, brutal and brief as the militant sprawled about engaging in contracted assassinations, armed robberies, kidnapping for ransom, rape, arson and all kinds of vicious crimes. Inhabitants of the land with some level of economic value fled the land to neighbouring towns such as Abak, Uyo, Ikot Ekpene etc to seek refuge. The economy of the Ukanafun collapsed completely as businesses folded up. In the mist of this hopeless situation, the council Chairman explored several avenues to restore peace to Ukanafun. Today we can sleep with our two eyes closed in Ukanafun, because life and hope have been fully restored to the land.
My father late Snr. Elder (Pastor) Mark Rueben Ibekwe use to say that there is no bad peace and no good war. Today I commend Prince Uko Idiong for his legacy of peace in Ukanafun. I also commend Prince

Ekong Udom

for the huge sacrifice on his part in risking his life to visit the militants in the bush to negotiate for the disarmament.

Once again I commend Hon. Prince Uko Idiong for your legacy of peace in Ukanafun as chairman of council. God bless you

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