- A renowned scholar, Dr Uche Igwe, has asked the NCDC to prevail on Governor Nyesom Wike to go on 14-days isolation
- Dr Igwe said the action is necessary because the governor attended a PDP event where social distancing was not observed
- Photos of a recent event by the PDP in Rivers showed politicians not observing social distancing
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The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been asked to prevail on the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike to proceed on mandatory isolation immediately for the next 14 days.
The call was made by a renowned scholar, Dr Uche Igwe, who accused the governor of undue politicization of the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Dr Igwe said his advise to the NCDC was as a result of the governor's participation in a public event where the protocols of social distancing were not adhered to.
It will be recalled that the governor had temporarily lifted the lockdown on activities in the state.
The day after, the governor attended the inauguration of the new executives of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Critics in the state accused the governor of lifting the lockdown due to the PDP's event.
Dr Igwe said: “Mr Nyesom Wike has broken the rules set by the government. He may actually be the one sabotaging the effort to fight the pandemic in Rivers state.
“By insisting on holding an event without social distancing he has put the lives of the population at great risk.
“An urgent contact tracing should immediately be authorised by NCDC before it is too late.
“This is required now to save the lives of innocent Rivers people who might be inadvertently exposed to these politicians.”
Dr. Igwe also frowned at the governor's resort to outdated ethnic sentiments at a time when he should be concentrating on urgent issues of governance.
He said: “I am aware that Mr Wike has used one of his known proxies to cast aspersions at Ndigbo.
“Our history and that of our brothers and sisters in Rivers state remain intertwined.
“That a governor of such a multi-ethnic state can make divisive statements and anachronistic references to historical archives of conflict to score cheap political points are clear signs of his pathological leadership weakness and unfolding legitimacy deficit.
“Picking on Ndigbo is clearly a manifestation of his hatred and animosity which he has harboured over the years.”
Dr Igwe had earlier described Governor Wike as “a hypocritical leader who has an addiction for tyranny.”
Dr Igwe made the comment while reacting to reports about how Governor Wike lifted the ban on COVID-19 lockdown for a PDP event to be held.
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