RIVERS, Nigeria – A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has berated Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s approach to the containment of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in the State following the non-compliance with established health advisory and regulations, as he toured few places to inaugurate road projects.
In a press statement forwarded to OgeneAfrican on Tuesday, Eze posited that it is sheer recklessness for Governor Wike to mobilize and risk the lives of royal fathers, political leaders and the poor masses just to witness his showbiz of self praise in the name of commissioning road projects, some which were initiated by his predecessor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.
The ex-PDP spokesman said Rivers people have begun to reap the consequences of Wike’s hypocrisy and carelessness, adding that the state has joined the league of those with the highest daily figure of COVID-19 infections.
“Now that the deadly virus is rapidly and menacingly attacking Rivers State and her people, Governor Nyesom Wike to apologize to Nigerians for endangering lives has become imperative, stressing that the State under his watch has turned a laughingstock”.
Eze described as a gross frivolity, the N700 million largesse gifted to some other states whereas the donor (Wike) has failed to ameliorate the sufferings and pains of victims of the various disasters that have visited his own state in recent times.
Words, “Donating a whopping sum of Two Hundred Million Naira to Benue State to tar her roads while the road to Etche and other Local Government Areas are unmotorable and Five Hundred Million Naira to Sokoto State to rebuild her burnt market and compensate affected traders while doing nothing to address the suffering of traders at the burnt Mile One and other markets in Port Harcourt is a horrendous act of naive ignorance. Attending to the needs of traders in other places and ignoring the suffering traders in Rivers State who have cried their voices hoarse is grossly disgusting to the senses and abhorrent to morality and virtue.
“Governor Wike, POS (Africa) and Nigeria most outstanding Father Christmas has refused to pay even a sympathy visit to thousands of Orashi people whose homes and farms were ravaged by flood or visit Bonny Local Government over the killings of her people by Sea Pirates, Andoni and many other areas of the State that were bedevilled by one disaster or the other, yet the odious do-gooder packaged and gifted N700million to people in other states in crass disregard of what is good and due his own people.
“Rivers State with all the huge resources at her disposal has refused to pay the salaries of her Civil Servants, minimum wage, pension to pensioners of which most of them are dying in starvation and poverty, yet POS (Africa) dispensed such a huge sum to charity.
“The Rivers State Secretariat, the once best State-owned secretariat complex in Nigeria built by the administration of Alfred Diete-Spiff was adequately maintained and improved upon by subsequent administrations until the emergence of Wike, who now ensures that the Secretariat turns a shadow of its own self without water supply and public electricity.
“Today, under the watch of Governor Wike, Rivers State now ranks number one on the unemployment index having the highest unemployed population as published by the National Bureau of Statistics and other institutions.
“This ineptitude in administration displayed by Governor Wike has caused Nigerians to see the Federal Government refund of over N78.9Billion expended by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi on federal roads and other accompanying critical infrastructure that gave the city of Port Harcourt a remodeled facelift and significantly improved the state’s economy amidst meager funds from the then PDP-controlled central government as a fundamental error”.