A group under the aegis of Cross River Youths Initiative has frowned on what it described as the campaign of calumny against some political leaders by a faceless group, the Movement Against Third Slavery.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Akwaji Erunke, the group warned that it would no longer take kindly to the smear campaign going on against those who have laboured over the years to bring about stability in the polity of Cross River State.
Alluding particularly to the several insidious newspaper advertorials, which it noted were tantamount to causing angst among the unenlightened public, Cross River Youths Initiative said: “Our attention has been drawn to the ongoing campaign by a faceless and desperate group under the self-seeking and self-promoting banner of Movement Against Third Slavery, aimed at causing disaffection in the polity.
“We have watched carefully the activities of these disgruntled and misguided elements, who are bent on eking out a living by parroting the selfish agenda of their paymaster. While we are not against anyone nursing a political ambition, we are particularly concerned about the approach and methodology deployed in the pursuit of such aspiration.”
Warning that Cross Riverians are now wiser to be hoodwinked by money politics, which the youth group said, has acquired a dated appeal in the state politics, Erunke noted that “Cross River people can no longer be short-changed by the ongoing subterranean doling out of handouts by a certain fledgling desperate politician in a bid to buy their conscience.”