- For violating lockdown order, Governor Wike demolished two hotels in Rivers and sent violators into isolation
- Legit.ng asks Nigerians in an online poll what they think about the Rivers state governor's action
- The majority of the respondents submitted that demolishing hotels over alleged violation of lockdown is wrong
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On Sunday, May 10, Governor Nyesom Wike supervised the demolition of two hotels in Port Harcourt for allegedly violating the lockdown order in the state.
Speaking after the demolition, Governor Wike said the hotels were demolished in line with an Executive Order he had signed to impose lockdown in the state.
"We said if any hotel operates, Government will bring down that hotel. We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do.
"Nobody wants to obey any rules. We are saying just for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe," Wike said.
The governor also said that violators of the lockdown order will be sent into isolation.
Is Governor's Wike method of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Rivers state moderate or too extreme and dictatorial? Legit.ng asks Nigerians in a social media poll.
On Facebook, over 4,000 users participated in the poll; 69% of them said the move by Governor Wike is wrong while 31% said the governor made the right move.
On Twitter, 57% of the respondents disapprove of Governor Wike's method of ensuring the lockdown directive is followed while 31% said the governor's action is right.
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See some reactions that accompanied the polls bellow:
Strategy Ogunta said: "Most of our African leaders think that for them to be taken seriously, they'd need to adopt the draconian style of leadership and be so stringent with her citizens. Which most times are basically unnecessary.
"Gov. Wike destroying someone's means of livelihood didn't prove anything, instead, it has just increased the unemployment rate in the state..."
Helen Taylor said: "It Is very wrong for him.to demolish their property that's their life. This is not how to be active in a government setting. It is an abuse of office. He is taken law into his hand. People should know there right and sue his government for compensation."
Gloria Azuike commented: "This is wickedness. There are other punitive measures than to destroy somebody's sweat. Please he should be called to order."
"Wike is normally one of my favourite governors, I admire his courage so much, but on this he got it wrong. Nothing can justify demolition of those hotels, a hefty fine could have been smashed on them.
"He has just succeeded creating few more unemployment. I think legal actions against the government should begin. I don't think there's any law in place yet in Rivers that approves such actions by the governor," Ken Nerioya Osunbor said.
Vincent Aneke said: "What people fail to realise is that this period is analogous to a war situation and in wars civil rights are suspended. Preservation of life takes precedence over every other thing."
Meanwhile, hours after the demolition, 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.
The governor's decision was contained in a statement by his special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu.
Legit.ng gathers that the temporary lifting of the lockdown will take with effect from Tuesday, May 12, and end on Thursday, May 14.
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