Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has continued to receive more knocks from more Ijaw Groups over what they described as disrespecting the traditional institution of the Kalabari People.
This follows an earlier threat from Gov.Wike to dethrone the Amayanabo of Kalabari, King Theophilus Princewill, for playing host to Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson recently.
Adding their voices to condemning the governor for his unguarded utterances, Ijaw Elders Forum (IEF), Lagos State chapter, Ijaw Professionals Association (IPA) and Ijaw Nation Forum (INF) described Wike’s threat as divisive, stressing that it was capable of causing unnecessary tension in the state.
In a statement signed by Chief Atamuno A. Atamuno, Maj-Gen. Paul Alaowei Toun (rtd.) and Ben Okoro, the groups said:
“Ijaw Elders Forum Lagos, Ijaw Professionals as well as the Ijaw Nation Forum condemn in very strong terms this wanton disrespect of the respected traditional institution by a person of the status of Governor of Rivers State.
“It is rather unbecoming of a person holding a position of trust such as the office of governor to talk in such disdainful manner to anyone, least of all one who occupies a revered traditional institution (seat),” they stated. The group, therefore, called on the governor to tender an unreserved apology to the monarch and the Ijaw nation “to correct this wrong done to our people”.