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WHEN the military government declared the creation of Akwa Ibom State in 1987, not many knew what was ahead and the path the state would take to reach Eldorado. In fact, it can be said that having got the answer to their prayer for a state to call their own, majority of Akwa Ibomites would rather roll on with life than set agenda for what was to become of the state 20 years after.

However, by sheer dint of favour and unchallengeable God's will, 24 years after, the question on the lips  of generations of Akwa Ibom indigenes is no longer about the path that the state would follow to progress but who would sustain the unrivalled tempo of transformation and change which have become hallmarks of the state, thanks to Godswill, for whatever progress and development have been recorded in Akwa Ibom, “The Land of Promise,” are the Lord's doing which are marvelous in the sight of not only Akwa Ibom sons and daughters but the entire citizens of Nigeria and beyond.

IT ended the way it started: on a bizarre note. The end of the supreme tyrant of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, last week, should serve as an object lesson to despots of his ilk around the world, particularly Africa, where it is the norm for leaders to easily transform to unruly potentates of the medieval order. Early on Thursday, October 20, 2011, Gaddafi was captured and killed along with a few of his closest associates in crossfire between his loyalists and rebel forces fighting for the liberation of Libya.

His death marked a fatal yet inevitable denouement to his 42 years reign over a nation he ruled with despotic hubris. Before his ultimate death from gun shots fired at close range by the rebel forces, he had assumed the ungainly halo of a fugitive in what used to be his own domain. He was a man on the run: troubled, harassed and harried. He died a villain even when he had the rare opportunity to be a hero.

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