- A group has condemned a remark by the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, over the activities of personnel of the Nigerian Military
- The group said the governor is still pained by the Army's resolute stance and timely intervention at the last general elections in Rivers state
- According to the group, Governor Wike must be reminded that he is also bonded by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
A group on Tuesday, January 14, condemned a recent remark by the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, over the activities of personnel of the Nigerian Military.
The Niger-Delta Change Ambassadors Forum (NDCAF) warned Governor Wike to desist from any further attempt to demonise the Nigerian Army or the Armed Forces as a whole.
Wike had during a church service on Sunday, January 12, to mark this year's Armed Forces Remembrance Day, downplayed the contributions of the gallant troops, especially at the last polls.
However, in a statement signed by the convener of the group, Asamowei Ebiakpo, NDCAF said it believes Wike's comment is an attempt to cause an unholy distraction in the fight against terrorism and other militant groups in Nigeria.
Ebiakpo alleged that the governor is still pained by the Army's resolute stance and timely intervention at the last general elections in Rivers state, without which the state would have erupted in violence.
He advised the governor to show respect for apolitical institutions such as the Nigerian Army, whose constitutional mandate requires that the territorial integrity of the country is preserved at all times.
Ebiakpo said: "The Niger-Delta Change Ambassadors Forum is alarmed that a governor of a state that is meant to rise above board in national issues, has decided to condescend to an unenviable height in an attempt to score cheap political points."
"Governor Nyesom Wike must admit that his major grouse with the Nigerian Army is its resolute stance and timely intervention in the 2019 general elections in Rivers state, without which the state would have erupted in violence due to the planned activities of his political thugs that were mobilized to wreak havoc on innocent and unarmed citizens in the state," Ebiakpo said.
He added that Governor Wike must be reminded that he is also bonded by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to be circumspect in his public conduct at all times and all situations in the overall interest of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor had accused the Nigerian Military of rigging the last concluded 2019 general elections.
The governor said the Nigerian military has lost its integrity because of some unprofessional personnel who engage in rigging elections in the country.
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