- Oby Ezekwesili has berated Nyesom Wike after the governor ordered and supervised the demolition of two hotels in Rivers over alleged violation lockdown
- The former minister, in a series of tweets, described the action of the governor as one suggestive of "flagrant abuse of power"
- Ezekwesili, meanwhile, admonished the owners of the demolished hotels to take legal action against the governor
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Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education and solid minerals, has berated Governor Nyesom Wike over what she termed as "flagrant abuse of power" after he demolished two hotels in Rivers state over the alleged breaching of lockdown.
Legit.ng recalls that in what widely generated a vortex of criticisms and harsh outrage on cyberspace, Rivers government pulled down two hotels on the order of the state governor.
Wike had imposed a lockdown in two local government areas and directed all hotels in the area to suspend services immediately as parts of measures to check the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
He warned residents that failure to comply with the order would attract instant demolition. On Sunday, May 10, photos on social media showed the governor personally supervising the demolition of the hotels.
Amid mounting rage that trailed the demolition, Ezekwesili said the action of the governor is suggestive of "unaccountable governance style of the inglorious military era."
In a series of tweets on Sunday, May 10, the former presidential aspirant described the action of the governor as one lacking "self-discipline in the absence of social accountability ."
"I have seen enough flagrant abuse of power among our political class to know that both they and citizens are still enamoured of the unaccountable governance style of the inglorious military era," the former minister said.
"Democratic ethos, values, principles and nuances totally forbid the kind of action Governor Wike of Rivers took in demolishing a hotel no matter whatever “Executive Order” he travels signed.
"His action breeds anarchy in society and is condemnable."
Ezekwesili also admonished the owners of the demolished hotels to take legal action against the governor.
"It is important for the hotel-owners in Rivers State to sue the Rivers State Government. Our Democracy cannot continue to be operated in the breach by this half-civilian-half-military mentality," she further said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Wike has announced a partial lifting of lockdown imposed on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas for two days.
Addressing the people of the Rivers through a state-wide broadcast on Sunday night, May 10, Governor Wike said the decision was reached to allow residents to restock enough foodstuffs and other necessities.
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