- Governor Nyesom Wike has continued to receive bashing from prominent Nigerians over his recent action
- The governor had demolished two hotels in Rivers state for flouting his lockdown directives
- A foremost political economy analyst in Nigeria, Dr Uche Igwe has called on Rivers people to resist the governor
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As the outrage against the demolition of two hotels in Rivers state continues across the country, a foremost political economy analyst, Dr Uche Igwe, has described Governor Nyesom Wike as a tyrant who must be resisted by the people.
Governor Wike had ordered the demolition of two hotels in the state for flouting his directive on the lockdown measures in Rivers.
The governor personally supervised the demolition of one of the hotels, sparking outrage nationwide and on social media.
In a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, May 12, Dr Igwe described the governor as an election rigger who is behaving like a bull in a China shop.
His words: “I am shocked but not completely surprised that Wike has now become a law unto himself. I was in the Port Harcourt when he unleashed terror on the people and bloodied his way into office.
“Such an election rigger does not understand the meaning of legitimacy and public trust. I call on the good people of Rivers state to now rise and resist him.”
The university don further called on President Muhammadu Buhari to summon and caution the governor over his recent actions.
“I am not saying that violators of the stipulated regulations to curtail COVID-19 should not be cautioned but we must do so within the law.
“The action of Mr Wike is akin to dictatorship and a huge embarrassment to the Body of Benchers to which he is said to belong,” he said.
Similarly, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education and solid minerals, has berated Governor Wike for his action, describing it as “flagrant abuse of power.”
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.”
Also commenting on the situation, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe warned Governor Wike that his draconian measures to fight against the spread of coronavirus would be counterproductive if he fails to give his policies a human face.
Abe said the demolition and auction of private property and closure of all sources of survival for citizens of Rivers state without due consideration to their means of sustenance in the name of the battle against COVID-19, are draconian measures that would prove counterproductive in the long run.
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