By   Ibrahim Modibbo

I have no doubt in my mind that Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers state is a
tragic hero. Taking full control of primitive power after a recently
dubious and highly contestable supreme Court judgement, Rivers, in the
words of Karl Maier, is a house that’s fallen. Just like what Adolf
Hitler did to the Jews, Wike(d) is on the verge of achieving a global
notoriety of political terrorism with the intent to wipe out a whole
generation of political class in the opposition in Rivers.

After securing the ticket of the Guber race from the PDP shortly before
the last elections, the man went on rampage. Along with his political
bandits and thugs, he fleeced the soul of Rivers and frittered away its
innocence and today, the state sit on a keg of gun powder or better
still the “Killing field of the South south.

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The government he superintends, is an outrageous example of brazen
impunity with predatory instincts. It is on a voyage of ignorance and
comic political adventurism, that is laced with rascally motivated self
serving rhetorics based on infantile display of primitive temper
tantrums of the stone age.

Heeding the recent call by Wike to burn alive members of the opposition
and other electoral personnel who stand on their way to victory in the
forthcoming elections in Rivers,  the APC in the last one week has lost
over thirty powerful stakeholders through murders. Mr Franklin, an APC
ward 4 chairman in Ogba/ Egbeme/ Ndoki LGA along with his wife and son
were brutally murdered in cold blood and beheaded. Gabriel Cookey and
four other APC stalwarts were clubbed and killed by alleged PDP members
in Obibi, Etche LGA while only yesterday, Ofinijife Amachree in what
could be described as the greatest satanic display of primitivism, was
similarly set ablaze in broad day light. With all these atrocities,
there is the need to declare a state of emergency in Rivers, as the
Governor has abdicated his responsibility of protecting lives and
property.

My appeal to the President is not to be complacent or lethargic in
standing up to be counted in this hour of need. All men of goodwill must
save Rivers from this modern day Hitler. After all, Napoleon the great
was quoted as saying ” The world suffers a lot not because of the
violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people”.

MODIBBO is an Abuja based journalist and commentator on National issues.

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