The Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation (RIVLEAF) has described the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike as ” a man, who kills with the sword but shivers at the sight of another person carrying sword”.
The Group gave this description of Mr.Wike while reacting to his earlier allegation that some Abuja Politicians from Rivers State are instigating the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Rivers State.
RIVLEAF in a statement signed by its Director, Communications, Onyeche Peters, said the allegation by Gov.Wike was diversionary.
The Group described the claims of the governor as funny and disturbing “especially as the same governor severally boasted that he was beyond the reproach of the Federal Government and, could do and undo as he so wished”.
RIVLEAF recalls how Gov.Wike had threatened the Federal Government at every little opportunity with all manner of underhand tactics and innuendoes, pontificating like a man that killed a game and conquered all.
According to the Group:
“It is, therefore, shocking that the same governor is now suddenly afraid of the monster he has been nurturing and feeding with lies, propaganda and blackmail. He is now like a man, who kills with the sword but shivers at the sight of another person carrying sword.
RIVLEAF advised Gov.Wike to be tactical and focused on genuinely leading the war against Coronavirus.
“We urge Governor Wike to abandon this diversionary tactics that lead to nowhere and focus on policies and activities that will ensure a well-coordinated approach to tackling the rampaging coronavirus, which his administration has sadly mismanaged.
“Since the first reported case of coronavirus in the state, he has struggled to have a decent campaign, with so many confusing signals, actions, statements and policies all coming from the governor himself,” he said.
The Group lamented that despite the unnecessary lockdowns in parts of Rivers State by Gov.Wike, he has failed to utilised the Lockdowns to achieve meaningful curtailing of the Coronavirus in Rivers State.
He said: “Since the governor announced lockdown in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas, there have been no concrete and coherent plans from Governor Wike going forward; nothing come out as we say in local parlance.
“He is quick to accuse others of playing politics with the Covid-19 situation but he is the greatest culprit of politicizing everything, hence so little has been achieved in terms of mass mobilization of the people and support from all relevant quarters.
“Governor Wike should forget imaginary Abuja-based politicians and self-induced fear of state of emergency but should rather roll up his sleeves and constitute a think-thank that can give him solid admonitions on better methods going forward.
“If the governor lacks the guile, finesse and temperament required to handle critical situations like this, he can as well allow his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo, a well-qualified medical doctor by every measurement to lead the team and brief him regularly. This is the only discerning thing to do and not looking for ways of diverting attention from his ineptitude and lack of direction that belie the office he occupies”.