by Jeremiah Archibong
The member representing Biase/Akamkpa Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Honorable Daniel Effiong Asuquo has in strong terms expressed his disbelief in reincarnation.
He made this disclosure in a brief interview with CrossRiverWatch during the traditional outing of the Mfon-Fang Fang Onun Ekim/Echi-Atui Mbarakom, His Highness Sylvester Etim Itagbor Nnum-Mgbe at St. Theresa Primary School Mbarakom on Saturday.
He said: “As a Christian and a firm believer of the word of God I do not believe in reincarnation”. Reacting to a question as to why he is celebrating the day with the people if he doesn’t believe that the three years old child that made the revelation which led to the dethronement and crowning of a new village Chief is a reincarnated queen of the land as she claims, he said, “Today I am celebrating culture not reincarnation”.
Adding that “I am just seeing the three year old girl for the first time and I’ve heard all that happened, I would only say that people have different ways of interpreting what has happened, Culture and heritage is something that is beyond physical understanding, we would like to take what the people have said happened and what we are seeing today as the making of God, I don’t want to be part of those that think its reincarnation”.
Continuing, Hon. Daniel Asuquo popularly called Dansuki averred that “I believe at a particular time God sends people to bring peace and that is what has happened, with the re-enactment of the real custom and tradition of the people I believe good things will come to the community, we want to be part of these progress”.
Complementing the Ejagham culture, Dansuki maintained, “It’s the climax of our culture in the Ejagham tradition especially with the history of Mbarakom we are the foremost community that holds the heritage of the Ejagham people, this is wonderful, its good, most importantly is that this coronation brings about the beginning of a peaceful reign of the people, our culture is coming together.
“With the presence of the Ndidem of the Quas whom today we have been reminded of his father’s role in bringing the people of Ejagham together, this is one of the things that will help bind the Ejagham people together with other cultures also”.
He ended with a resounding warning that ‘’I repeat, I don’t believe in reincarnation.”
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