Peter­side ac­cuses Wike of em­bar­rass­ing Rivers mon­archs

The Punch - - NEWS - Chuk­wudi Akasike, Port Har­court

Aformer gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, Dakuku Peter­side, has ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the man­ner the Rivers State Gov­er­nor, Nye­som Wike, ad­dressed tra­di­tional rulers in the state dur­ing their quar­terly meet­ing.

Peter­side, who is the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency, said in a state­ment on Tues­day that the gov­er­nor’s re­cent ac­tions against the mon­archs in the state were “de­mean­ing and un­be­com­ing” of some­one who oc­cu­pied such a dig­ni­fied of­fice.”

A state­ment by his me­dia team said Wike was seen lam­bast­ing the tra­di­tional rulers, threat­en­ing to de­pose them and call­ing one of the mon­archs a trou­ble­maker.

“Wike’s pen­chant for em­bar­rass­ing tra­di­tional rulers is be­com­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble and shame­ful. Never in our his­tory have we had such a dis­re­spect­ful gov­er­nor.

“Since 2015, Wike has sacked, de­posed and with­drawn recog­ni­tion from sev­eral royal fa­thers with­out any re­course to his­tory, tra­di­tion and cul­ture.

“Not too long ago, Wike threat­ened to de­pose the Amanyan­abo of Kal­abari, King Theophilus Princewill, just as he has on sev­eral oc­ca­sions lam­basted tra­di­tional rulers as if they were his ser­vants.

“Wike must be cau­tioned. Well-mean­ing Rivers peo­ple must cau­tion him. He is turn­ing him­self into a feu­dal lord and an em­peror at the same time,” the state­ment read.

Re­act­ing, the state Com­mis­sion­er­forin­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Pauli­nus Nsirim, said Peter­side’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the frank dis­cus­sion be­tween the gov­er­nor and tra­di­tional rulers was an in­di­ca­tion that the NIMASA boss was seek­ing po­lit­i­cal rel­e­vance.

He said, “Gov­er­nor Wike was re­spond­ing frankly to the ad­dress of the chair­man of the Rivers State Coun­cil of the Rulers wherein the chair­man re­quested that non-recog­nised tra­di­tional rulers should be checked by the gov­er­nor.”

•L-R: Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the La­gos State Gov­er­nor on Di­as­pora and For­eign Re­la­tions, Jer­maine Sanwo-olu; Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports De­vel­op­ment, Sun­day Dare; Ex-olympian, Falilat Ogunkoya; and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Reg­u­la­tory and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, 9mo­bile, Ab­dul­rah­man Ado, dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Sports Min­istry’s Adopt-cam­paign and pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion of the Work Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gramme in La­gos… on Mon­day. Photo: Stan­ley Ogidi

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