Uyo Church Building Collapse: FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GLOBAL PRESIDENT OF IBIBIO PEOPLE'S UNION, (IPU®)
Date Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Ladies and Gentlemen. The Union is still in shock from the devastation and great loss in Akwa Ibom State following the collapse of a church building. We offer our prayers and condolences to Governor Udom Emmanuel, and all the people of Akwa Ibom State and IPU® promises to assist in everywhere possible.
I have instructed all IPU® State Coordinators in Nigeria to mobilize their members, make as many calls as possible and get people to go out and donate blood. I am in contact with government officials to give us locations where blood can be donated. IPU® is looking for other critical areas requiring immediate need, and we are on the ground to help.
I have asked IPU® State Coordinators in Nigeria to do everything without any fanfare. The situation at hand is not the time for validation. We have bodies in the mortuary; we have many people in different hospitals and clinics waiting to be stabilized. We must act only to save lives.
I like to suggest to our people at home and abroad that not many civilized societies put pictures of their dead people on the Internet. Ibibio culture demands we respect the dead and those of us who hold our culture in the highest esteem should neither aid nor abet in exposing the bodies of our dead people to the world to see.
I want to suggest that Akwa Ibom politicians should not use this unfortunate circumstance to find fault or put the blame on anyone. Please rally around the Governor and provide help on how to stabilize our people in pains, how to depose the bodies in the mortuary, and how to provide sustenance to next of kins of the departed.
Let God bless Akwa Ibom State
Let God bless the Union
Ikpafak Edet Udofia - IPU®/IPPU Global President
To this effect, Ibibio People's Union® (IPU) has set up "Akwa Ibom Disaster Relief Fund" with gofundme to cater for the needs of the disaster victims. We are calling on all Akwa Ibom people both at home and in Diaspora, friends of Akwa Ibom, and everyone who can contribute to go and give towards this worthy cause.
Guaranteed: All receipts will be donated towards the relief efforts.