10th May, 2022
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has declared Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike ‘enemy of Ijaw nation’ over his alleged attack on the ethnic group for demanding the release of detained House of Representatives member, Fara Dagogo.
ike had on Sunday launched an attack on the IYC after the Council issued 48 hours ultimatum to Rivers State Government who was arrested by the police on the orders of Wike.
The Rivers State Governor had rained curses on IYC over the ultimatum while speaking during Church Service last Sunday.
The IYC, in a statement reacting to the derogatory use of “Thunder Fire You” by the Rivers Governor on the Ijaw ethnic Nation during a church service, describes the comment as disturbing, inciting and denigrating of the high office he occupies.
The IYC, in a statement by its National Spokesman, Ebilade Ekerefe, said such tactless and disrespectful comment by Governor Wike was the height of his prolonged disdain for the Ijaw nation and Rivers Ijaws in particular since he became governor of the state.
The body regrets that even more shocking is the fact that the Rivers Governor took his unrestrained verbiage to the hallowed pulpit of a church and desecrated the altar of God.
It further noted that its only ‘sin’ that attracted Wike’s ire was its demand alongside its parent organ, the Ijaw National Congress (INC), for the release of an Ijaw son, Farah Dagogo, who was arrested and remanded in prison on the orders of the Rivers governor.
The IYC notes that despite being the fourth largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria and the largest in the Niger Delta, the Ijaws have consistently promoted peaceful and harmonious relationships with other ethnic groups, including Wike’s Ikwerre nationality in Rivers State.
It reminded Wike that such unguarded and incendiary comments are capable of rupturing the existing good relationship with the Ikwerres, advising his kinsmen to call him to order.
The IYC also reminded Wike that power is transient and that by May 29, 2023, he will vacate the exalted governorship seat, that he has equally ridiculed, to become an ordinary citizen like others in Rivers State and Nigeria.
It equally pointed out that Governor Wike has forgotten that by calling fire and thunder on the Ijaw nation, his benefactor and its revered leader, former President Goodluck Jonathan, is an illustrious Ijaw son.
This “thunder” did not fire the former president when, despite all odds, he made him the choice of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State against the wishes of other competent Ijaw aspirants in the state.
“Now, Jonathan as an Ijaw man, is also under fire from Governor Wike. For him, all those that made him, including the people of Rivers State, are in his pocket and can be insulted at will.
“We, therefore, call on our people as a whole to see Governor Wike as an enemy of the Ijaw Nation. We urge Ijaws all over the world to speak against this tyrannical behaviour of Wike.
“We also call on our Ijaw brothers that are delegates in his party not to cast their votes for him during the presidential primaries as this will be viewed as betrayal of our heritage. Suffice it to say that if a governor can cast aspersion on an entire ethnic nationality, what would become of him as president of the most populous black nation on the planet?,” IYC queried.