Eme Offiong, Calabar
The Carnival Calabar bikers’ festival has been described as a platform to boost the economy of people resident in Cross River State, south-south Nigeria.
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, made the remark shortly after flagging off the 2019 Carnival Calabar Bikers’ festival in Calabar.
The festival, which attracted the attendance of over 300 hundred bikers’ from within and outside Nigeria, and included the parade of exotic cars which was organised by four notable clubs in Calabar such as Aviators Motorcycle, Red Scorpion King, Metallic Knights, and Tinapa Motorcycle.
In an interview with newsmen, Professor Ayade in his exotic car, stated “the theme of our carnival is humanity and truly we are all one in design, in quality, in colour, in race, in economy and class, we are one humanity; one religion. That is the essence of this; and this can drive that message”.
When asked about the number of riders at the festival, the governor said “they are here to deepen the experience, the excitement for spectators and to spend money in Calabar. This is because we want to bring economy into the carnival”.
“Before now, the carnival was more about entertainment. But now, we are moving into a business; and that is why we are introducing different contents that can at least bring the rich and wealthy into Calabar,” stated the Governor.
He urged residents, tourists and visitors to enjoy the different events lined up for the super week and remember that the theme Humanity was significant to man’s existence.
“So, let people enjoy themselves and have humanity at the back of their mind. Even in this nature, let them remember that the theme for this year is Humanity, which is love for fellow human beings, providing a shoulder for a weaker person and the vulnerable to lean on,” urged Ayade.
“For me, it means bringing everybody together on a tripod and say that we are one people, one culture, which is humanity. One religion, humanity,” he stated.
In an interview, the road captain of Red Scorpion King, who calls himself ‘C-Billion’ said that the club was participating at the carnival for the second year running.
He said that the club was determined to thrill spectators this year with amazing stunts performances alongside bikers from other clubs.
“This is the second year Red Scorpion is on ground. The first year was marvelous, but we promised to give the people something like a thriller this year. You know the carnival is enterprising and so we are here to add more glamour to the carnival,” C-Billion said.
He further stated that the governor gave us this platform and we promised never to disappoint him. We have riders coming in from Ghana, Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the country.
On safety of the riders, he gave assurance that all the bikers are wearing their safety gears.
“We do not take anything for granted. We know that accidents do happen and there may not be much to do about such accidents. But we came prepared with safety in mind for ourselves and spectators as well”.
“I must assure you that we came prepared for this year’s festival. You will see a lot of stunts and just give us some time and we will kill the show”, he insisted.
Over three hundred motorcycle riders hit the streets of Calabar for about four hours non-stop since after 3 o’ clock in the afternoon when the governor kicked-off the show.
Motorcycles of all kinds were on the streets include the signature bike of the Red Scorpion King, Donald Duke’s batman style power biker, which led the Aviators and Harley Davidson’s motorcycles belonging to the Aisha Maman Vatsa’s coordinated Metallic Knights.