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Wedding Gift Delivered! Akwa Ibom State Government presents Toyota Prado SUV to Annie Idibia | Godswill Akpabio defends Gesture

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At the traditional wedding of Nigerian music star 2Face Idibia and his wife Annie Idibia last Friday, the Akwa-Ibom state governor Godswill Akpabio announced that he was going to present the bride with a Toyota Prado SUV. He also promised to sponsor 20 of Annie’s relatives to Dubai for the couple’s white wedding.

Although this announcement caused an outrage as people criticized the governor for the expensive gift, he has kept true to his word. Less than one week after the traditional wedding, the state government has presented Annie with the car and released a picture showing the state’s Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah presenting the gift to Annie and 2Face Idibia in Lagos.

The state goverment has also released a statement defending the gifts and some misleading reports published in the media. The statement by Aniekan Umana released on Wednesday said that Akpabio approved only one car, and not two, for the couple. He also said he only promised to sponsor 20, and not 29, wedding guests to Dubai for the couple’s white wedding. Read the statement below:

“Following spurious and false speculations in the social media concerning the wedding gift by Governor Godswill Akpabio to Mrs. Annie Innocent Idibia, née Macaulay, I wish to state as follows:

That the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Chief Godswill Akpabio, donated ONE Prado jeep to Mrs. Annie Innocent Idibia, nee Macaulay a daughter of Akwa Ibom State and renowned artist during her traditional marriage at Eket.

That the State Governor as a token of support for the couple promised to fund the traveling expenses (economy return tickets) for only 20 relatives of Mrs. Annie Idibia Macaulay to Dubai, where the couple have chosen to wed.

That looking carefully at the surrounding events in perspective, Mrs. Annie Idibia, nee Macaulay is a daughter of Akwa Ibom State and the gift of a Prado SUV from her governor is only a gesture of love and goodwill. Her resolve to stand by her husband on his journey right from his days of youthful beginnings to stardom even in the face of challenges was commendable and a true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women.

That it is however unbecoming that mischief makers and enemies of progress have decided to inflame the social media with incongruous reports that the State Government is sponsoring an entourage of party supporters to the wedding in Dubai, when in fact the Government is only sponsoring the travel expenses of twenty of her family members at an estimated cost of roughly Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00) only.

I wish to therefore urge members of the public to discountenance the misrepresentations made out of a well intentioned act of the governor.”

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

120 Comments

  1. okin

    March 15, 2013 at 2:41 am

    lobatan

    • moi

      March 15, 2013 at 5:51 am

      lol

  2. Shio

    March 15, 2013 at 2:54 am

    OMG, how is this even possible. o god o god. Tuface and Annie, you are both a BIG disgrace. I say that and I’m from Akwa Ibom. this is how corruption thrives. It takes more than one to tango. HOw can the government of a state give you a car and sponsor even 1 guest to your wedding and you accept it. You should say thanks but no thanks. I’m a citizen of Akwa Ibom, working hard to take care of myself, do I get a gift for that too. Shame Shame Shame. Shame on governor and Shame on Tu Face and Shame on Annie. Shame on anyone who has any part in this.

    • Will

      March 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Abeg… just shut up and go sit down somewhere. Some father-in-laws dey give house and car, some peoples “oga at the top” give cars and land to people that are close to them for wedding gifts as a show of appreciation. You are just hating bcos you got a well wrapped plastic cup for your wedding” Hehe!

    • shio

      March 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Lol I’m laughing because I know you’re joking. The nerve of this man to even put out a speech explaining that the government is giving the money. It was even less annoying when it was unclear wheter it was him or the govt. Still TuFace, this is like if fela collected money from all those useless chop money presidents of his time. And his stupid reason, how is a family matter now a reason to give someone gov’t money. If I choose to stand by some cheating SOB, let that be between me and God. What’s there to cheer on. I’ve looked at her wedding pics and even commented on our cute she looks but there’s no reason that justifies corruption. A governor should not under any circumstance give out gov’t money. These idiots are eating gov’t funds and smiling with their relatives. This is what causes friction in that region.

    • WISEMAN

      March 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Really??? State money!!! Where some people find it hard to eat 1 meal a day! Will followers like you thet country will only get worse. In any country that has sensible citizens that should be the end of his political career…

    • Beuty

      March 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      This is JUST PLAIN JEALOUSY!!!
      What is your business? R u an Akwa Ibomite with a difference?
      If you were given the gift will you say thanks but no thanks?
      Rubbish!

      On the other hand Gov. Akpabs, why the general announcement bcus you are giving som1 gift? Must d world know? With millions of hungry, homeless, sick,… people in our state, you spend our tax money on wedding gifts for people who hav not added ANYTHING to the state. Is Annie the only woman who has waited on a man even with his BS.
      Does EFCC not know what to do?

    • JACKIE

      March 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE MORE CREATIVE, AND BECOME AN AMBASSADOR FOR YOUR STATE INTERNATIONALLY, SO THAT WHEN YOUR NAME IS MENTIONED IN BOTSWANA OR CHAD, PEOPLE KNOW WHO IT IS, then your govt. will give you 50million for your wedding….and we’ll be watching to see if you’ll say no! Hypocrite***

  3. Bee

    March 15, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Ehn, The Oga at the Top is showing himself. Of course he kept his word. Do you want him to say one thing now, and his Oga at the top will say anoda. Afterall he is THE OGA AT THE TOP. Dazz all

  4. Bee

    March 15, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Spurious and false allegations ke. Uncle Aniekan, did that big grammar come from you or your Oga at the top? You better go ask well well o, before you will say one thing, and your Oga at the top will say anoda. Let me go check the website of the Akwa Ibom state government to confirm. Abi dem get website sef. Oya bros media werin your name be, abeg help us ask your Oga at the top o. Let me find out myself. ww.akwaibom cough cough, dazz all. Ah, Google said invalid webpage. Mo gbe!!!!!

  5. jumi

    March 15, 2013 at 3:06 am

    after the explanation i think she deserves it

  6. HABBA

    March 15, 2013 at 3:16 am

    she better donate it because she does not need it. there are starving kids in Akwa Ibom that can use the proceeds of her selling that car.

    • Purpleicious Babe

      March 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I agree… If she does not need, she should consider CSR… Corporate Social Responsibility….

      THREE MILLION NIARA ONLY? ( THE guts to say it sef) WHAT….!!!! utter nonsense..

      Why is he sponsoring 20 relatives? WHY?

      Never cared about their love stories or whatever they have sef in all honesty, prolly never will (P.S. AM NOT HATING O). Do as you please..

      lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

    • candidthots

      March 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

      and what the starving kids need’s is car abi? wetin do their parents. why would u bring a child into the world if u dont have means to cater for them, why should that be her problem, how many starving kids have u fed? abeg if u dont have anyth to say for lack of intelligence just shut up.

    • WISEMAN

      March 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      In case you haven’t realized it, you just spoke out of the wrong end.

    • HABBA

      March 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      FIRST OF ALL I AM NOT A HATER second you are the one with low intelligence. let me educate you. the word (proceeds) mean “The amount of money derived from a commercial or fundraising venture; the yield”. if she sells the car she can get 3 million naira which can be used to build a little clinic to serve the less fortunate. there can be a sign in front saying from Annie Idibia to the community of Akwa Ibom. simple and nice.
      and for you to say that who asked less fortunate kids to be born just shows how “intelligent” you are

  7. Ms lala

    March 15, 2013 at 3:32 am

    am speechless and not in a good way..this is soooo inappropriate on so many levels…

  8. Layla B.

    March 15, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Although it is a nice gesture…I think honoring someone who has improved their community or made a charitable difference would have made a better statement. Gifting a rich person for marrying well is just….tacky and useless. But to each (government) their own…

    • nene

      March 15, 2013 at 8:41 am

      they didn’t even marry well. after how many children? their wedding is even shameful. abeg they should just enjoy it. it is celebrity culture. these ouur nonsense leaders won’t give better people car, or even rice, they’re giving 2face and Annie. it is well!

    • candidthots

      March 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

      and what is the defination of marrying well and not marrying well? why should their marriage be shameful? make una see this nene person o! nigerians are just too judgemental, they will not live and wont allow others live their life haba! nene i hope u married well o! lol!

  9. gh_Mikie

    March 15, 2013 at 3:58 am

    a toyota prado??? really??! seriously? its probably used…mttchw..please ahbeg!

  10. ajo

    March 15, 2013 at 4:28 am

    misplaced priorities, so typical of African leaders

    • shadee

      March 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      i second this motin

  11. Chy

    March 15, 2013 at 4:50 am

    foolishnesss

  12. Idak

    March 15, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Tuface is going from a defender of the masses to one of the partakers of the bazaar conducted by the barbarians in power exploiting and sharing our commonwealth with impunity.
    Very soon,all those songs of his will stop making sense to the man on the street as by virtue of his marriage to this attention thirsty lady, he would be one and the same with those being criticized.

    • bukky

      March 15, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Thank you o..This is the same Tuface that sang “E be like sey”. I weep for my country!

    • candidthots

      March 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Who made tuface defender of the universe! stop being judgemental and petty. refering to his marriage with annie as sumth that would bring him down is the height of human wickedness. is she the devil? when u r getting married and u get ill luck wishes dont be surprised cos what goes around comes around. cant people be happy for anothers good tidings? what is the car and 3million going to do for u as a person in all ur miserable life havent u spent past 3million and have u made any impact mr defender of the universe?

    • ella

      March 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Annie,we see you…we acknowledge ur presence.

  13. www.thebanquethall.blogspot.com

    March 15, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Annie Annie, enjoy urself jare. thebanquethall.blogspot.com

  14. Falala

    March 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

    state funds?

    are all the kids in akwa ibom in school?

  15. What

    March 15, 2013 at 5:25 am

    This naija phrase JEEP for every SUV sounds so damn retarded.
    WTF is a Jeep.

    only naija an their terms

  16. Oreos

    March 15, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Abi now Akpabio…..only 3 Mila!!!!!! Why are all you Nigerians making noise…..beside its not like the 3 million can be used to do anything meaningful like build schools, hospitals for the millions of daughters and sons of Akwa-Ibom…… 3 million is chicken change….. Wat I spend in Mr. Biggs in one seating

    • "Laniks

      March 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Hehehehehehe

  17. Joe

    March 15, 2013 at 6:09 am

    This is lavishness i mean giving money where the is already money all the same its for a reason and the Governor did it for a reason,,,,happy marriage life 2baba and wife God bless your union

  18. Joe

    March 15, 2013 at 6:14 am

    The governor said i quote *Her resolve to stand by her husband on his journey right from his days of youthful beginnings to stardom even in the face of challenges was commendable and a true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women*.Good statement Mr Governor

    • jcsgrl

      March 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Are you kidding me? Which resolve? Is she the only girl to stand beside her man through thick and thin? Millions of women are doing it around the world bearing the sole responsibility of their families on their shoulders. I don’t see anybody giving them jeep for their efforts. On the matter of the Governor, God who sits on high will JUDGE!

  19. bukky

    March 15, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Buffoonery of the highest order. So they are using the State’s money as gift because an Akwa Ibom indigene married a celeb?Only in Nigeria will this bull shit happen. The fact that they rub this madness and foolishness in our face shows that they have no regard for the common man. I dont think there is redemption for Nigeria.I dont blame the leaders, we all sit down and don’t demand accountability.This country is done for!!!

    • m.h

      March 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Ok you took the words out of my mouth..well said! We live in a crazy country..jesse Jackson Jr is facing a trial because he squandered campaign money not even state money oooo..and d fools have the effrontery to say it’s only 3million oooo and its one car…9ja i bow

  20. sixtus

    March 15, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I wish all Nigeria Happy New pope

    • DJ Exclusives wife.

      March 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

      BEST COMMENT!!!! soo random! i just literally laughed out LOUD!! LOOOOL

  21. Uchenna

    March 15, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Nigeria is dead.

  22. Lacoste

    March 15, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Lmao….some of us that drove into dealership and pulled out in a fully paid Porsche cayenne never shine teeth reach Annie and her Tokunboh jeep

  23. demola

    March 15, 2013 at 7:15 am

    All of u shld shut up and let the couples enjjoy their moment, if is anyone of u or ur family that was presented the SUV nd money,will u return it? Learn to rejoice whn good things happen to pple so ur own can come.

  24. b

    March 15, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I love this couple, no doubt, but using tax payers money to buy wedding gift for them is taking it too far. I say this because i know that if this shameless governor was spending his salary, he definitely wont be able to afford this. Its getting too much in this country, they dont even care what we think, they do their pilfering openly without any thought. I guess with all this talk about the Nigerian culture recently, i can confidently say thieving, bribery and corruption has become our culture. So sad, just so sad.

  25. Tosin

    March 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Weird reason why people court fame and fortune: when you’re up, everybody wants to court you. when you’re down, you know how they forget you. Not sure of the deeper reason why the car was given as a gift, and not sure I support it. I do support the plane tickets because it’s a populist gesture, and politicians are about pleasing the populace.
    My comment, as one who has enjoyed the “unfair” love before is that the Annie lady should look at it as a debt. Now she has to do more and more for her people and for the world because they sacrificed to give her this ride. Big responsibility Lady. Have a lovely life. You’re very pretty.
    Moving on.

    • Ron

      March 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

      I like this. Well said!!

  26. Kenny

    March 15, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Each passing day, i read about about the foolishness of nigeria leaders and how they squander the country’s wealth, i see reasons to justify why, i don’t need to go close to the airspace of that country. Was it not this same shit face or 2face whatsoever, he call himself, who said he was considering the gift from the thief governor. Shameless illiterate who cannot spell his name, not only 2face its shit face bunch of shit bags and hypocrites. Thank God i don’t patronize his demonic music.

  27. tokunbo

    March 15, 2013 at 7:37 am

    All of u are shouting car car car! What I want to know is Annie how the hell can u come out with such a weave??!!! Look at the front for crying out loud! Ur real hair is nappier than the weave itself! How razz can one be pls??

  28. Mama Put

    March 15, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Can’t say for sure where the funds derived from or if his motives were good or bad but don’t think we should criticize the couple. If I was in that situation, helping to offset the cost for my family and giving me a car….hmmm, don’t know if I would refuse if I’m being honest! You never know, they may even sell the car and donate the proceeds to charity although that may seem disrespectful towards the donor!

  29. Ada

    March 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

    The expression on Annie’s face in the 2nd pic is like “see mybugatti o, make una go hug transformer”. Personally i have no qualms with the gov giving them such a gift and i don’t understand all the rancour considering ALL politicians embezzle and squander public funds, i only feel that with all the outrage, there was no need to publicise the actual delivery of the jeep. Just goes to show that our government does not listen to the people, they just see us as rabid dogs mouthing off about their “god-given” national cake. This is no democracy, this is just people who we stupidly vote into office when they have not displayed any form of selflessness whatsoever.

    I completely support tosin’s comment, annie needs to channel this newly acquired fame and notoriety into more positive gestures. She also needs to get this baby soon so the gov can repair the road he promised, since he didn’t see the need to alleviate the suffering of his people before now

  30. Mark

    March 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

    YES! Oga at the top has fulfilled his promises.

    ebestsms.com

  31. myopinion.com

    March 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    you call 3,000,000 Only? you are not ok

  32. Ochuko

    March 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Hmmmmmmm, Banky W come and marry me O!!!!! Uduaghan had better buy me a car and a brand new house……….cos I am a true daughter of the deltan soil. #enoughsaid#

  33. ibukungeorge

    March 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

    isok!And why should she return it?*raised eyebrows!Just 3million!smh.

  34. ada

    March 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

    is right for us Nigerians to complain when the government is using our money to fund those who are already rich, am not saying a gift should not be given but not on that level (look at Anite shinning teeth because she received a gift for marrying a man who slept with every chika, ebele, tosin in the world, well done Anita, you can now rest.

    AND if you read Uk websites such as dailymail, you can also feel the grievance of people of kate Middleton, because all she does is shine her hair and go on countless holiday. WE common people (no disrespect) are tired of their money being used to fund other people’s wealthy lifestyle. I will just paying taxes because me I would also want to shine my teeth when I enter jeep and go on holidays when i can. GBAM

    • ada

      March 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

      I mean STOP paying taxes….sorry for errors, is early morning and I have not eaten lol

  35. bukky1

    March 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

    @bee lmao. He his the oga on top oooo

  36. Sexxie

    March 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Rushing out now to look for a man to stand by Lol! My Gov Amaechi should pls borrow this comment for when I get married too: “Her resolve to stand by her husband on his journey right from his days of youthful beginnings to stardom even in the face of challenges was commendable and a true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women”(Rivers women) :-). Well, let’s wait and see, Tuface said he would know what to do with the promise when it is fulfilled. We should give him at least one week before judging them.

  37. kemi

    March 15, 2013 at 8:38 am

    i won’t blame them for collecting, but why is the governor giving them? anyway i guess celebrity culture is becoming big in nigeria. annie and 2face u guys r only getting favours for ur status as celebs, not because you actually deserve it, so enjoy!

  38. oj'beat

    March 15, 2013 at 8:47 am

    no mata what happens..’My OGA AT THE TOP’ is watching.

  39. E be lije say!

    March 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

    INTRO
    Oh my God (oh oh oh)
    Ebe like say them want tell us wetin we never hear before
    2Baba dey here, plus Soul E Baba dey here (dabadab eh x3)

    No be small thing oh (x4)
    I say no be small thing oh
    No be small thing oh (x2)

    VERSE 1
    Looking back through all the years
    That you and I have spent together
    It seems like you’ve been playing me all along
    So many times, you asked me to put the whole of my trust in you
    So many times, you betrayed and played me for a fool
    Why don’t we work together so the future will be brighter
    Cos, ebe like you and I
    We dey need each other all the time
    All the time
    Another year has come
    And now you want my trust once more
    Oh no

    CHORUS
    Ebe, like say you want me to tell me another story again oh(ebe like say)
    Ebe like say you want to act another movie again oh (ebe like say)
    Ebe like say you want to code another coding again oh (ebe like say)
    Ebe like say you want to dance
    Galala na di new dnace, Again oh
    You want to sing another song again (ebe like say)
    Ebe like say you want to code
    You want to code oh

    VERSE 2
    See, all I want to say is that
    They don’t really care about us
    Because all they want to do is to get in touch with big bucks
    Because they think the money gives them the power
    But the power is nothing
    If your people cannot get quality education
    The power is nothing
    If your people keep on dying of disease and starvation
    The power is nothing
    If your people have no peace (no peace)
    The power is nothing
    If your people cannot live in unity (eh)
    See, why do you keep deceiving the people, my brother, my sister
    See, why you make all this people to dey fight one another
    Only God can judge you now (x4)
    Another year has come
    And now you want my vote once more
    Oh no

    CHORUS
    Ebe, like say they want to tell me another story again oh (ebe like say)
    Ebe like say they want to act another movie again oh (ebe like say)
    Ebe like say they want to do another deceiving again oh
    Ebe like say dem want to dance
    Galala, na di new dnace, Again o
    They want to sing another song again
    They want to sing (x2)
    Ebe like say they want to code
    They want to dance

    VERSE 3
    I dedicate this one to all of the shady politicians
    Wey go promise and fail and make the people live in harsh conditions
    I dedicate this one to all of the shady politicians
    Why don’t you change your ways
    Change your ways now
    Make the people live the way they are supposed to live
    E no be small thing o
    As you see me so (no be small thing o)
    I no send, I no send you oh (no be small thing o)
    All of the shady politicians (no be small thing o)
    As you see me so (no be small thing o)
    I no send, I no send you oh (no be small thing o)
    All of the shady politicians (I say no be small thing o)

    • yves

      March 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Shame on bellanaija for promoting acts like this. You have to take responsibility for the materials you put out there because we have too many foolish people that will actually believe this is ok.

  40. irene

    March 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Abeg na their luck.

  41. dianalicious

    March 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Its an embarrassment to be a Nigerian. How can he justify this??? it is uncalled for and inhumane. This is public funds for crying out LOUD! I’m sick to my tummy and why is Annie acting like her hubby cant afford it…smh.
    I’m from AKS anything for me on my wedding day Mr Gov? ….Yimuuuu

  42. ehi

    March 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

    i don’t see any reason why some of you feel they should not accept the gift…for Christ sake,its a gift and whether is from tax payers money or not that’s is left for the governor to answer to. 2face is a great man and he is loved by many..i don’t think this will make him stop criticizing the govt in his music. lets not over flog this issue..y’all should get ready for 2015 and make a change. 2baba u be my baba all my life in sarkodie’s voice. 1luv! may God bless you and your family and all of your kids.. iseeee!

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      March 15, 2013 at 10:24 am

      that is BS. If Bokoharam give you gift today, will you collect it? Ignorance is not an excuse, they should have refused it. I mean this is Tuface, when did a car become a problem for him?

    • SUE

      March 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I think you should read this your nonsense comment and see how stupid and ignorant it sound. When has it ever been acceptable to take a gift from someone and then go back to bashing that person for being corrupt? you are ridding the same boat with the person so how do you criticize that person? Abeg stop displaying your ignorance.

    • candidthots

      March 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

      ehi, u are the only person that have spoken truth here. the gift isnt the problem as long as they remain true to themselves and r not bought over. carry waka!

    • Idak

      March 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

      you sound like a clown. you are struggling repeatedly to defend this greek gift.

  43. Stella Kashmoney

    March 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

    God is watching them in 3D.

    • Purpleicious Babe

      March 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Likes 3D….
      lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

  44. Sandra

    March 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

    My oga at the top, govt weldone o………

  45. prefer fashion to xes!

    March 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Hmmmmm…why must she “tuck in”when she has a protruding tummy? Congrat ooooo

  46. Michael

    March 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Well Nice Gift .
    wittyskills.com/

  47. iredia patrick

    March 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

    2face u are good to go

  48. Harhbeesolar

    March 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

    i have no qualms about it if he is sponsoring d 20 guests n buying the SUV from his private account but if it’s from the govt’s money then he should be impeached ASAP! cos heis people dt voted him in are languishing in abject poverty n he is giving the money that are already made money….for them to fix dubai as their wedding venue dint dy know they will sponsor dir family members to dubai?

    • kilipot

      March 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Well said

  49. @ajiriavae

    March 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Congrats to her on her new gift. I have no problem whatsoever with her accepting it. And sorry, I don’t believe that anyone commenting here would reject it. It is easy to tell other people to reject a gift, but no so easy to do so yourself.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      March 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

      When you have money like Tuface and Annie, trust me…it is easy to reject it. Abi they did not have car before?

  50. Harhbeesolar

    March 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    giving the money to the people that are already made*

  51. Ready

    March 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’m so angry, I’m shaking and close to tears. This is ridiculous. This is effing ridiculous. Tuface and Annie know damn well that they can do without that car, these two people recently were announcing buying 2 homes from some realtor and you accept a Prado from a governor? What the hell part of the Akwa Ibom budget did he take it from? Entertainment? Or poverty alleviation like Jonathan took $1m for Thisday concert from? These ‘leaders’ are so effing ridiculous! This idiotic governor actually had the guts to say it was only ONE Prado and only 20 relatives of Annie’s family are going to Dubai to the tune of N3 million. 3 million of whose money? His personal money? That Annie showed the good qualities of Akwa Ibom women by sticking with 2face that long and it’s a commendable attribute. Are you shitting me? Is he out of his mind? While it’s good that they eventually sorted their ish out, should state money derived from taxpayers’ work be used to commend a woman who waited 10 years while a man sowed his oats? If Akpabio wants to commend them, fine, but with HIS personal money. I swear, the gall of these people. And it’s because they fear no retribution…when next they hit the streets, no one will ask them questions, instead they’ll push around him grabbing money he’s throwing at them. It’s sad really. It makes me sad for this country, but I also know my anger will push me to keep asking questions. And perhaps throw a shoe when next I see him a la George Bush and that Middle Eastern guy. Aaaarggh.

    • Bella

      March 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

      You have expressed my exact comments and feelings. When is it ever right to use Tax payers money for this? A jeep, and funding of 20 relatives. So his entire state is up and running well, his job has been completed, all the orphanages, widows and schools and hospitals are running well. God punish you people! If this Anne has any womanly/motherly atribute, she will donate that car to a worthy cause for children. Secondly, who needs to be rewarded for sticking to a man like 2Face, or any man who did half of what he did for that matter! Is it a prize? I am appalled and for those of you paying taxes, next time, vote well! Cos this is some BS. Why didnt she chose to marry in Nigeria, in her state and feed the entire village? The whole issue to be honest here is that taxpayers monies are being ill used! We couldnt give a rat’s ass about the wedding!

    • zsa zsa

      March 16, 2013 at 6:51 am

      But read some of the comments here…”no big deal”, “if it is you wont you collect it”….i’m just sad. Nigerians have been taken for such a ride that they don’t even know their rights. A GOVERNOR CANNOT spend tax payers money for personal purposes…it is ILLEGAL OOOOOOO! The gift was a personal gesture, or did the people of akwa ibom ask the governor to give the couple a gift on their behalf?? The governor clearly thinks the state is his personal property or company.
      I didn’t really care when i heard he promised them a car but when i heard about the 3 million naira transport fare for 20 relatives i thought it was a rumor until i saw the stupid press statement. We have such a long way to go. I am happy for the couple and it is up to them to decide what to do with the gifts. I just don’t understand this jo…..

  52. Opel

    March 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Chill first if it was dangote that gave these couple a gift,Nigerians would congratulate them for the gift recieved,Is it because the gift is coming from a Governor? I laugh at some peoples’ comment.

    • ella

      March 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

      you ehn! i don’t even know where to start from….i’ll just ask that you read your comment again..

  53. Opel

    March 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Chill first if it was dangote that gave these couple a gift,Nigerians would congratulate them for the gift received,Is it because the gift is coming from a Governor? I laugh at some peoples’ comment.

    • Lola

      March 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

      We know how most of them get their money. He’s a public servant and not a business man like Dangote

    • Anne

      March 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

      And who pays Dangote? Funds from taxes? Laugh at yourself.

  54. Anne

    March 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I wish y’all will go to The Economist website and look for and read a debate titled Africa’s Rise. When u do pls read the comments too 2 know how the outside world sees the average African. This here can never happen anywhere apart from this continent. Outrageous. Totally!

  55. mona

    March 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

    its not coming from the governor’s pocket u dimwit, its coming from state’s funds!!!! taxpayers money how d hell can u compare dis foolishness to Dangote. @ candidthots u r just an ignorant piece of shit. what maddness is going on in this country??? even the akwa ibom state football club have not been able to pay their footballers salary, young men who are trying to represent their community in a positive light as opposed to robbery and kidnapping. yet this useless governor can cart away N3m of state fund to sponsor a wedding party’s trip! oh my days! whats wrong with this country…..*in tears*

  56. CS

    March 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

    You know what they say, if you share in their loot, be ready to share in their punishment. Nigerians worship money I tell you. So, because it is money, you too will collect, and curse yourself and your generations alike. Because of money. If you say everyone will collect, speak for yourself o. Don’t comfort yourself in your ill deeds by saying everyone does it. That’s a losers mantra. If it is ritual money, you will collect? What is the difference between this and blood money Especially as everything Tuface has, he has worked for. He has taken the path of hard work, and he has reaped the befits.Why would he now taint his existence with such a gift. Curse himself and his children. Why, if not for greed. What is 3million naira to TuFace. Awoof dey run person belle o. Doesn’t integrity mean anything in Nigeria anymore. Why can’t he say my Oga at the top, use that money as a charitable donation. At least you hear it a lot, when celebs abroad are getting married, some say use the money you would have bought a gift for us with, and make a charitable donation on our behalf. If TuFace and Annie had done that, it would have been well received, and set a trend. Look at the glee on her face, no shame at all. Oju orola ri, money miss road. I don’t blame her. She being with him says a lot about her personality, her values and what she’s willing to trade for. If he was one broke ass guy, she would have cursed him and moved on tey tey. Shey she has a daughter now, she should remember the phrase “the sins of the father”. As for Tuface, shame on you. Even if Annie wanted it, you are bigger than that. I will add that, if you congratulated her, called her the chosen one, she won, she is reaping, she is kini kan (as if TuFAce is a prize, as if you’ll wish her experience on your sister or your daughter), you have no moral high ground to be mad about this gift. Be careful what you support, don’t be offended, when an offshoot of that support comes back and bites you in the ass.

    • kilipot

      March 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

      God bless you cs

  57. Sophia

    March 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The Titanic was a really big ship

  58. Bella

    March 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    You have expressed my exact comments and feelings. When is it ever right to use Tax payers money for this? A jeep, and funding of 20 relatives. So his entire state is up and running well, his job has been completed, all the orphanages, widows and schools and hospitals are running well. God punish you people! If this Anne has any womanly/motherly atribute, she will donate that car to a worthy cause for children. Secondly, who needs to be rewarded for sticking to a man like 2Face, or any man who did half of what he did for that matter! Is it a prize? I am appalled and for those of you paying taxes, next time, vote well! Cos this is some BS. Why didnt she chose to marry in Nigeria, in her state and feed the entire village? The whole issue to be honest here is that taxpayers monies are being ill used! We couldnt give a rat’s ass about the wedding! Rather he also should have donated this so called “bribe” from his own darn pocket. Bloody Cheapskates!

  59. Bella

    March 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

    If I may be allowed to even ask, which other governor in which other country not even african, has ever done this with taxpayers money! Nigeria.. Na wa o

  60. anthonia Oguah

    March 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    So because Annie marry star come Akwa-Ibom state, she deserve’s an award of a 3million naira Jeep. na wa oo ….i never knew state’s give award to dia daughter’s if dey marry musician, what if na mega guys like R kelly she marry , am sure our president sef 4 donate land 4 Abuja and even name a street afta her abi. …….. With dis Akpabio’s awuf one can rightly say dat Corruption Nigeria is finally legitimate so lets wack naija cake abeg…ndi-ala…….dis na proper kill-joy afta we don manage congrat her now Akpabio don pour salt 4 her soup….Shammmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeee

  61. uche

    March 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    pls can any one here tell me that he or she have rejected a wedding gift b4,even if the gift is coming from ur enemy,u have to accept it first and later u can do away with it,pls stop all these noise about and also note ” that a man’s gift maketh way for him”.GRACE IS AT WORK IN THEIR LIVES

    • CS

      March 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      You call this Grace. Which Bible do you read abeg. The idea of money has replaced your values. Call it whatever you like, please dont use the word Grace. if a woman is looking for a child, and she goes to the devil and he gifts her with one. You will call that Grace too? You get gifts from government money, gifts you really don’t need as you have enough, and you call it Grace.

  62. 1 + The One

    March 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I read the ‘press statement’ with my eyes growing wider and wider.. Like is this for real?! “Only 3million naira” it reads…. Like huh?? Is this all a joke?
    For standing by her man through the challenging times… I laugh in all the Akwa Ibom dialects..
    Please let me too go and look for my own ” struggling” musician and ‘stand’ by him through his many ‘challenges’ of baby mama dramas, then be duly rewarded by the people’s taxes.. Fashola copy that! Thank you my Governor at the top!

  63. Phantom

    March 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for your comment CS, i couldnt have put it better. This right here clearly points to one thing: forget what we profess, we are not ready for real change in this country. The only change we want is the type that will roll the table to our turn so that we can have a go at the national cake. Reading the comments of educated but obviously unenlightened people out here making excuses & expressing support for this uninformed gift is the saddest thing ever.

  64. anthonia Oguah

    March 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    @Uche i feel your comment with regards to gift giving but in this case especially under the this era of fighting corruption, the Governor should have monetized it (As in giving them money , perhaps in their account and all these noise would not have generated ) we must learn to be discrete especially when one is in Government like the Governor, You can imagine what this little but mighty news would cause our countries image internationally. Note also that were Annie a sports star’s who has represented her state so well, eye’s and noise wouldnt have rolled, but here we are faced with the governor of a state giving a jeep to a bride who has not contributed worth cause to her state , my dear , it is a worrisome news, certainly not palatable as you can see from these thread and many more on other internet sites. the man nor do well , period !

  65. Stella

    March 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Nigerians with bad welle, so if ur governor give u a car as a wedding gift u go reject am? Annie is their daughter for crying out loud, if he chooses to buy house for her is not bad. Annie dear, carry go na ur God bless u. Let the bad belle go hug transformer.

  66. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! No, please leave me to laugh in French, my good people… You have to laugh, dont you? Because reading through a lot of the comments here, reading some asinine statements like “GRACE IS AT WORK IN THEIR LIVES” and others spouting off about “letting the couple enjoy their moment” and yet more claiming it’s okay because “ALL politicians squander funds”… plus did I forget some commentator who said the governor’s explanation justified his actions?

    Reading all of that fully entrenches in my own mind that Nigerians deserve the leaders they have. Abso-freaking-lutely. So I’ll just keep sitting back to enjoy the spectacle of the morally corrupt leading the blind. Y’all should just get comfortable and hand your leaders all your voters cards to fill for you in 2015 because I can tell you’ll keep on enjoying this ride they’ve taken you on.

    • CS

      March 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Asinine is an understatement. I almost choked when I read that comment. Some people just take the piss. I no blame them sha, they have their Pastors as their examples of “grace” working in their lives, so I shouldn’t be surprised really. We have the leaders that we deserve. Anyone who thinks this is okay, should never ever complain about corruption, like EVER again. Otherwise, thunder will strike you. I wonder what will happen when Genevieve gets married. In faaaaaaaact, the governor of her state will gift her with a private jet. Mschew

  67. Gracie

    March 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Some money gifts are traps; learn to say “NO”. Some material gifts are poisons! Learn to say “NO”. Learn to listen to God and follow his leading but if you know your conscience is clear and God supports you accepting the gift, why not? People must talk be it good or bad, some are killjoys’ by nature and won’t want any good thing to come to other people except them. Mr. & Mrs. Idibia i wish you well in your giant step, never let love slip away, shut your ears to bad advices & rumors, make God your ultimate friend & confidant. God see you both through in good health, long life and all round success. HML!

  68. Ola

    March 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    After reading majority of the comments here, i have so much hope for Nigeria! People are indeed thinking and ready for a change. 2015 is around the corner, we have to register and VOTE!

  69. Prettyme

    March 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    That’s arrant nonsense… Sponsor 20 relatives wit 3m & u call it only? why dint 2face & Annie considered their relations & ralatives b4 taking d wedding in Dubai. Abi church 2 wed don finish 4 naija? I call dis show off. I beg sell off dat car & give d money 2 dos dt needs it

  70. Cee's

    March 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    It is sad that we do not even know right from wrong. If the people praise the governor for his actions and tell us ‘bad belle’ people to ‘roast our beef’ and “hug transformers”,it may really be time for me to believe there is no hope.

  71. Pero Adeniyi

    March 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I just had to say this, he who laughs last laughs best. Its Annie’s time to laugh now…

  72. molarah

    March 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    A blood vessel in my brain wants to pop but why do I have a feeling that its this section of the populace (the BellaNaija commenting, celebrity-loving peeps) the Akwa Ibom government is trying to please with this gesture? People, let’s be honest. We ourselves too don’t seem to give any honour to most other groups of people trying to make a difference – the NGOs, hardworking individuals in the labour force, educationists, the activists, civil society groups, etc. A quick look at the number of comments following posts or articles on these groups will show anyone where our true allegiance lies. So let’s not start getting sanctimonious right when the government decides to start paying attention to OUR ‘needs’.

  73. Naija talk

    March 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    The Oga at the top has spoken Gbam!

  74. honest

    March 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Seriously am I the only one tha thinks Annie needs a personal stylist? Her appearance makes me sick. She always look disastreous

  75. Walking oreo

    March 16, 2013 at 2:43 am

    One Prado jeep
    Three million naira
    well done….
    soon it will be half of the country..
    that is how you waste our money….

  76. Chiney

    March 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    With all the problems plaguing this country, no govt official has any right to even be attending any wedding sef. It is bad enough that this goat of a governor has neglected his duties, he is now squandering tax payers money and telling us it is justified. ‘N3million only’ he says. I’m burnt! If every one in Akwa Ibom has become rich and comfortable due to Akpabio’s efforts, the man can like to bring that ‘only 3million’ to my village in Anambra. There are thousands of hungry and homeless people that need it more than 2face and Annie

  77. S.sensation

    March 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Is it only from tax that the government gets money from, why is ever one saying tax payers money all the ti e. Akwa Ibom is a rich states my brothers n sisters, so the governor doesn’t need peoples tax to be able to buy gift or dash out how much he pleases.

  78. Zizi

    March 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I’ll be getting married to an akwa -ibom bobo in aug…Dear Gov . Akpabio, kindly send my own gift in cash…dnt really want d jeep. No comment on the couple—na their luck!

  79. Furo

    March 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Both of them are selfish taking the SUV when they know too well the them selves can afford it

  80. Ajayi damilola olatunde

    March 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    U guys should just STOP criticizing annie and 2baba. It wud hav been very disrespectful if they had refused d gesture. 2baba, abeg carry on, dont mind dis bad belle people. Afterall, u didnt ask or beg 4 d gift. Finally, dear gov akpabio, i’m a corper serving in akwaibom, ur state. I’m serving in nsit atai…ikot akpan ike community secondary commercial school. I’m giving my best to d state. Please sir, i will be needing a very lucrative job in aks. I have a lot to donate 2 d state in terms of knowledge..talk of IT…i would be most gracious if my request is duly granted. Thank u sir

  81. hillz

    March 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Utter nonsense. 20 relatives. 29 relatives. Any difference?

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