Amidst the controversy surrounding the allegation that some members of the Akwa Ibom State government’s cabinet belong to occult groups, including the Freemason, the Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has admitted that he belongs to a cult group. But he said it rather sarcastically and was quick to add that he was a cultist for Christ.
This is coming even as a former Rev Father turned general overseer of a Pentecostal church, the Rev Patrick Edet has come under serious attacks for alleging that the government of Udom Emmanuel was a nest of cultic men and women.
Addressing supporters in Uyo, Akpan, popularly called OBA, had tried to corroborate Edet’s stanc when he alleged that a lot of times, he had been blocked form seeing the governor because he was seen as a cultist.
He had said “they stopped me from getting close to the governor because of my involvement in cultism. They keep telling him OBA is a cultist, OBA is a cultist. But they forget that I am a cultist for Christ, “the senator noted.
The senator is considered among those with the courage to dare the governor, after he openly endorsed Umo Eno as his preferred successor. But the senator has said that nobody can stop him from taking over from Udom.
Before Edet’s controversial expose, Prof Ini Udoka, at that time an APC member, had drawn the attention of Prelate Emeritus, Sunday Mbang to the activities of occults in the state. Edet had alleged that “with even a Christian governor calling the name of God, many people have been initiated into Freemason than ever before, and nobody is talking about it. It no longer shooting of gun, it’ s now shooting of souls.”
In February 2021, Udoka, a former member of the House of Representatives, in an open letter to Mbang wrote: “We have heard you that no cultist shall govern our State in 2023. Good! What about people who are occultists? Can you spot the difference? Cultists are those who kill with guns, machetes, axes and clubs.
“Occultists are those who are members of spiritual sanctums. They are members of the snake occult, water kingdom occult, territorial occult etc, and operate in the realm of the spirit. They have direct access to Lucifer and are direct agents of the devil himself. This group of occult members do not only kill using non physical weapons, they also steal and destroy anything good. They hate progress and prosperity. They are the ones the Bible calls principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places.
“This group of occult members are more dangerous than the cult members that the Prelate Emeritus has been hammering on. Please don’t get me wrong. Both groups are bad but the one that kills with physical weapons, kills only the body. The other more dangerous one attacks the physical body and in addition, attacks both the spirit and the soul. The good thing is that none of them can kill the soul.
“I should be more concerned with the occult members who come into government and steal, kill and destroy our common patrimony. Dedicating our progress and prosperity to the devil their master so that no matter the effort put in place to bring development to our communities and State, such effort is frustrated by their clandestine activities. Their spiritual agents come to steal, kill and destroy our State and make us a reproach despite the huge resources at our disposal. Many of these occult members are in the Church and some of them are pastors. They poison fellow pastors for positions. The occult members recruit only their members into government or initiate people looking for government patronage.
“My Prelate Emeritus, I am not so much bothered by the cultists who carry physical weapons because they can easily be apprehended by focused and diligent security forces of government. I am disturbed by the occult members whose activities can only be disrupted by a spirit filled Church of Jesus Christ. I am concerned because I have observed that today in our state, the Church of Jesus Christ is very deeply compromised by its entanglement with the government that has many of these occult operators. If a pastor is in the pay book of an organization populated by principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places, how would he pray to disrupt the operations of these occult members who have ravaged the fortunes and prosperity of our State?
“Your Eminence, I am happy that your attention has been drawn to the physical killers in government. I wouldn’t have had any reason to make this post if the Church of Jesus Christ had not reduced the worship of God by government functionaries to cosmetic activity in the name of solemn assembly during which time, curses on political opponents of government functionaries are the contents of homily.”
TNN learnt could not confirm the allegation that people get initiated into a cult group before they would be offered an appointment. There has also been the allegation that before anyone is considered and supported to win a sensitive elective position in the state, they would equally have to be initiated.