Wike: Imprudence is destructive, everything is not gra-gra

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First, let us join those who have condemned Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for that inane broadcast suggesting that the  #EndSARS protest that engulfed Nigeria in October, was driven by his Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). At Whirlwindnews.com we cannot condemn it enough.

In fact there is nothing to add from us to the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex decision-making body of the Igbo people at home and in the Diasporas on the matter, who wasted no minute in calling him out.

It was such quick intervention from the umbrella body coupled with the choice of words, that combined with similar intercessions from top Igbo personalities like Joe Igbokwe, former Lagos State Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to collapse the build-up that was already gaining momentum, predominantly among some evil forces that had been waiting for such an opportunity and to quench the flame of passion.

The wisdom, exhibited by the pan-Yoruba social-cultural organisation, Afenifere, the South West governors and even the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, all added impetus to enhance the the healing potency and the elixir that was badly needed to cure Kanu’s totally outlandish posturing.

It is against this backdrop that the ill-conceived action of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on the same matter, must be situated. Kanu, in his vituperative outburst did not single out Rivers State alone.

Instead, his injunction in that outing, was general.

So, for Wike to pick up the gauntlet and own the fight as his, was to say the least, naïve and maladroit, totally devoid of the mindset of a man that commands the power of life and death. The result is now quite evident – destruction – sorrow, tears and blood, of monumental dimension and on a massive scale, going by the report on what is going presently at Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. What a shame!

Picture if Sanwo-Olu, whose state suffered a much more devastation in terms of human and material resources, had taken a similar, but needlessly brash and intemperate route, what Lagos and indeed, many parts of the country would have turned out today.

Regardless, instead of allowing emotions, which he was entitled to and which would seem quite apposite at that time, he rose to the occasion of his office to exhibit the prudence and circumspection that are required to cut down on the collateral damage.

But, with Wike, the “action before thinking” model, perfected by the likes of the better-forgotten late Idi Amin of Uganda, which seems to have become his penchant, took over leading to his unleashing the military into the land.

Surprisingly, Wike is a lawyer, a profession that relies entirely on the eternal principle of audi autaram partem (You must hear the other side). It is even more so that the Federal Government position is that each state should set up a judicial panel to find out what really happens.

Now, Wike would flaunt the killings six soldiers and four as his reason to act fast as he did. At the risk of sounding inhuman, the question remains, is Rivers the only state where such killings occurred? In fact, in one particular state, a video was shown of a police officer, being roasted like an antelope and eaten by a mob. Yet the governor in that state is still keeping his head on his shoulders.

Inexcusable as it is, because nobody deserves to be killed without the backing of the law, it is still the same law itself that cures any crime, no matter how severe, assuming, but not conceding that the victims were killed by IPOB. Those who brought down the World Trade Centre that wasted about 5,000 souls and the Pan Am Flight 103 at Lockerbie, Scotland, still stood trial.

So, from whence did Wike derive the power and authority to deploy the military to engage in such an emotional operation? Where was the wisdom in sending soldiers brimming with the searing emotional wound of their slain colleagues into a completely civilian enclave, with the pain and hurt still fresh in their hearts and with the tears still flowing?

Is the effect not evident in the gory reports that are daily coming out from Oyigbo today, where the devastating effects of booming guns and clattering of bullets on targets, have become a sad reminder of the 2020 edition of Odi and Zaki Biam?

Is anyone surprised to hear that vehicles are being stopped on the road out of the vicinity and young men being pulled out and summarily dismissed on mere suspicion that they are members of IPOB and that people’s homes are being razed down while those attempting to escape are shot, and that those who suffer untold inhuman torture, including being forced to swim in faeces infested gutters before being herded into Black Maria, vehicles and taken away to face more sufferings, are the lucky ones? What if these eerie tales are true, outlandish as they may seem?

Of course, it might be apt to blame the military men for making sport of defenceless civilians, as is wont with them. But it would be apter to have Wike, earn the bigger chunk of the blame, as one that should know better, because a governor, ought not be a job for novices, but those with knowledge and experience.

That the governor is not showing any form of remorse or sobriety or that he is blaming everyone else but himself in the backlash his unsophisticated action is attracting, ought to be surprising. But that would be to those who have not been following his track-records.

In his interview on African Independent Television (AIT), he blamed his former boss, his predecessor and now Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, of using the situation in Oyigbo to mount a media smear campaign against him. Why not? But would it not be pertinent to first ascertain the veracity of the allegations before making it a political issue?

Again, he seems to be taking umbrage at the fact that he is being accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Oyigbo, when he was the same person that imputed that the Igbo people are “strangers” in the state. 

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Now, is Wike saying that he is not aware of the history of the Oyigbo people and how they were not only acquired by the instrumentality of politics and unilaterally baptised from their original name of Obigbo by those who did the job?

Until the Second Republic, Obigbo, as was then known, was part of the present day Abia State, then still under the old Imo State, but was ceded to Rivers after former Governor, Melford Okilo, successfully convinced then former President, Shehu Shagari to do so, using the National Boundary Commission (NBC).

His reason was that the boundary between the two states ought to be created by natural features like rivers, mountains, rocks, etc and that the Imo River had created such a boundary, thus naturally ceding the land and people to Rivers. But his real reason, it was believed was because of the large deposits of hydrocarbon in the area in question.

Despite the arguments of then Imo State Government, Sam Mbakwe that Obigbo was an Igbo land, occupied by the Igbo ethnic group, who the same Rivers people, had been complaining of marginalising them, he lost in the court of Shagari, as he did at the Supreme Court.

That was how Obigbo not only became a part of Rivers State, but renamed Oyigbo to suit the designs of its latest owners. Is Wike saying he is not aware of all these as a governor? Perhaps, it is this consideration, as some believe, that has made the area the backwater, figurative and literal sewage of the state, despite its proximity to Port Harcourt, due to neglect by successive government.

But we ask, in addition, has the landmark of the recent Rivers not been been dotted with similar spectacles as the one in question. Has it not been a hotbed of mass killings in the recent past, either linked to politics or cultism?

When scores of people were murdered while returning from midnight worship on the eve of the 2018 New Year, was it IPOB that did it? The numerous cult killings that have been associated with the state, was it linked to IPOB? When a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), officer was beheaded in the state, was it done by IPOB? So, how could Wike prove that the policemen and soldiers, were killed by IPOB, without a thorough investigation, which is what other states are now doing?

This is why we must reiterate the need for the governor to always apply break and think through his actions before carrying them out. Even though he may be fighting a serious political battle and such brash actions could be part of his weapons, there comes a time when such a template is not needed, as in this case.

Yes, Wike could be forgiven for hurriedly claiming that the millions of foreign currencies Ikoyi suite belonged to Rivers State, he may have been hailed as bold for looking a General in the eyes and accuse him of engaging in oil bunkering or rescuing Joi Nunieh of NDDC from the fangs of the police or stop policemen from invading and abducting a judge in his state among other heroic acts.

He may also plead and obtain the forgiveness of those royal fathers he addressed as children some months ago and told never step out of their palaces without their staff of office, as if he was qualified to lecture such special creations who in some places are half-humans and half-spirits, how to conduct their affairs.

But, much as these are added to his profile and would count in his favour as a courageous man, who confronted lions with his bare hands and conquered, such cannot be said about some of his latest actions that impacts on the vulnerable, such as pulling down the structures of people to enforce COVID-19 lockdown and now this? Why? Simple! The damages are irreparable.

For all his gragra, more people were recorded to hive died in Rivers State of the COVID-19 outbreak than died in Kogi, where Governor Yahaya Bello, never locked down? Shouldn’t that be a lesson that sometimes, it pays to think deeper before acting?

 

What if this applies to the Oyigbo/Obigbo? How does he account for the atrocities and the blood currently flowing there if indeed the victims are innocent, assuming those gory stories are true?

 

Wike: Imprudence is destructive, everything is not gra-gra

 

First, let us join those who have condemned Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for that inane broadcast suggesting that the  #EndSARS protest that engulfed Nigeria in October, was driven by his Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). At Whirlwindnews.com we cannot condemn it enough.

In fact there is nothing to add from us to the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex decision-making body of the Igbo people at home and in the Diasporas on the matter, who wasted no minute in calling him out.

It was such quick intervention from the umbrella body coupled with the choice of words, that combined with similar intercessions from top Igbo personalities like Joe Igbokwe, former Lagos State Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to collapse the build-up that was already gaining momentum, predominantly among some evil forces that had been waiting for such an opportunity and to quench the flame of passion.

The wisdom, exhibited by the pan-Yoruba social-cultural organisation, Afenifere, the South West governors and even the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, all added impetus to enhance the the healing potency and the elixir that was badly needed to cure Kanu’s totally outlandish posturing.

It is against this backdrop that the ill-conceived action of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on the same matter, must be situated. Kanu, in his vituperative outburst did not single out Rivers State alone.

Instead, his injunction in that outing, was general.

So, for Wike to pick up the gauntlet and own the fight as his, was to say the least, naïve and maladroit, totally devoid of the mindset of a man that commands the power of life and death. The result is now quite evident – destruction – sorrow, tears and blood, of monumental dimension and on a massive scale, going by the report on what is going presently at Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. What a shame!

Picture if Sanwo-Olu, whose state suffered a much more devastation in terms of human and material resources, had taken a similar, but needlessly brash and intemperate route, what Lagos and indeed, many parts of the country would have turned out today.

Regardless, instead of allowing emotions, which he was entitled to and which would seem quite apposite at that time, he rose to the occasion of his office to exhibit the prudence and circumspection that are required to cut down on the collateral damage.

But, with Wike, the “action before thinking” model, perfected by the likes of the better-forgotten late Idi Amin of Uganda, which seems to have become his penchant, took over leading to his unleashing the military into the land.

Surprisingly, Wike is a lawyer, a profession that relies entirely on the eternal principle of audi autaram partem (You must hear the other side). It is even more so that the Federal Government position is that each state should set up a judicial panel to find out what really happens.

Now, Wike would flaunt the killings six soldiers and four as his reason to act fast as he did. At the risk of sounding inhuman, the question remains, is Rivers the only state where such killings occurred? In fact, in one particular state, a video was shown of a police officer, being roasted like an antelope and eaten by a mob. Yet the governor in that state is still keeping his head on his shoulders.

Inexcusable as it is, because nobody deserves to be killed without the backing of the law, it is still the same law itself that cures any crime, no matter how severe, assuming, but not conceding that the victims were killed by IPOB. Those who brought down the World Trade Centre that wasted about 5,000 souls and the Pan Am Flight 103 at Lockerbie, Scotland, still stood trial.

So, from whence did Wike derive the power and authority to deploy the military to engage in such an emotional operation? Where was the wisdom in sending soldiers brimming with the searing emotional wound of their slain colleagues into a completely civilian enclave, with the pain and hurt still fresh in their hearts and with the tears still flowing?

Is the effect not evident in the gory reports that are daily coming out from Oyigbo today, where the devastating effects of booming guns and clattering of bullets on targets, have become a sad reminder of the 2020 edition of Odi and Zaki Biam?

Is anyone surprised to hear that vehicles are being stopped on the road out of the vicinity and young men being pulled out and summarily dismissed on mere suspicion that they are members of IPOB and that people’s homes are being razed down while those attempting to escape are shot, and that those who suffer untold inhuman torture, including being forced to swim in faeces infested gutters before being herded into Black Maria, vehicles and taken away to face more sufferings, are the lucky ones? What if these eerie tales are true, outlandish as they may seem?

Of course, it might be apt to blame the military men for making sport of defenceless civilians, as is wont with them. But it would be apter to have Wike, earn the bigger chunk of the blame, as one that should know better, because a governor, ought not be a job for novices, but those with knowledge and experience.

That the governor is not showing any form of remorse or sobriety or that he is blaming everyone else but himself in the backlash his unsophisticated action is attracting, ought to be surprising. But that would be to those who have not been following his track-records.

In his interview on African Independent Television (AIT), he blamed his former boss, his predecessor and now Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, of using the situation in Oyigbo to mount a media smear campaign against him. Why not? But would it not be pertinent to first ascertain the veracity of the allegations before making it a political issue?

Again, he seems to be taking umbrage at the fact that he is being accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Oyigbo, when he was the same person that imputed that the Igbo people are “strangers” in the state.

Now, is Wike saying that he is not aware of the history of the Oyigbo people and how they were not only acquired by the instrumentality of politics and unilaterally baptised from their original name of Obigbo by those who did the job?

Until the Second Republic, Obigbo, as was then known, was part of the present day Abia State, then still under the old Imo State, but was ceded to Rivers after former Governor, Melford Okilo, successfully convinced then former President, Shehu Shagari to do so, using the National Boundary Commission (NBC).

His reason was that the boundary between the two states ought to be created by natural features like rivers, mountains, rocks, etc and that the Imo River had created such a boundary, thus naturally ceding the land and people to Rivers. But his real reason, it was believed was because of the large deposits of hydrocarbon in the area in question.

Despite the arguments of then Imo State Government, Sam Mbakwe that Obigbo was an Igbo land, occupied by the Igbo ethnic group, who the same Rivers people, had been complaining of marginalising them, he lost in the court of Shagari, as he did at the Supreme Court.

That was how Obigbo not only became a part of Rivers State, but renamed Oyigbo to suit the designs of its latest owners. Is Wike saying he is not aware of all these as a governor? Perhaps, it is this consideration, as some believe, that has made the area the backwater, figurative and literal sewage of the state, despite its proximity to Port Harcourt, due to neglect by successive government.

But we ask, in addition, has the landmark of the recent Rivers not been been dotted with similar spectacles as the one in question. Has it not been a hotbed of mass killings in the recent past, either linked to politics or cultism?

When scores of people were murdered while returning from midnight worship on the eve of the 2018 New Year, was it IPOB that did it? The numerous cult killings that have been associated with the state, was it linked to IPOB? When a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), officer was beheaded in the state, was it done by IPOB? So, how could Wike prove that the policemen and soldiers, were killed by IPOB, without a thorough investigation, which is what other states are now doing?

This is why we must reiterate the need for the governor to always apply break and think through his actions before carrying them out. Even though he may be fighting a serious political battle and such brash actions could be part of his weapons, there comes a time when such a template is not needed, as in this case.

Yes, Wike could be forgiven for hurriedly claiming that the millions of foreign currencies Ikoyi suite belonged to Rivers State, he may have been hailed as bold for looking a General in the eyes and accuse him of engaging in oil bunkering or rescuing Joi Nunieh of NDDC from the fangs of the police or stop policemen from invading and abducting a judge in his state among other heroic acts.

He may also plead and obtain the forgiveness of those royal fathers he addressed as children some months ago and told never step out of their palaces without their staff of office, as if he was qualified to lecture such special creations who in some places are half-humans and half-spirits, how to conduct their affairs.

But, much as these are added to his profile and would count in his favour as a courageous man, who confronted lions with his bare hands and conquered, such cannot be said about some of his latest actions that impacts on the vulnerable, such as pulling down the structures of people to enforce COVID-19 lockdown and now this? Why? Simple! The damages are irreparable.

For all his gragra, more people were recorded to hive died in Rivers State of the COVID-19 outbreak than died in Kogi, where Governor Yahaya Bello, never locked down? Shouldn’t that be a lesson that sometimes, it pays to think deeper before acting?

What if this applies to the Oyigbo/Obigbo? How does he account for the atrocities and the blood currently flowing there if indeed the victims are innocent, assuming those gory stories are true?

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on November, 3 2020

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