Rivers: Where Is Wike? (Part 2)
The soul of Barr Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, the Supervising Minister for Education, is wedded to tribulation. Nigerians are not sure when he would disdain his gullibility, droopiness, condescension, fluctuation, amongst others.
In February this year, Wike in his contemptuous manners to annihilate Governor Chibuike Amaechi's political career and democracy, attributed the catastrophes in Rivers State to Amaechi's decision to join the opposition.
Wike said that such decision was against the pro-People's Democratic Party civilisation and chronological backdrop of the state. He made this statement, while speaking on a Channels Television's breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily. He also said that the state had enjoyed political peace until the governor came into office.
Known as a man who speaks from the sides of his mouth, Wike did not see in his jaundiced eyes the political troubles that Amaechi came into office with, when he served the governor as Chief of Staff, till he was appointed Minister, from where he feels that he has the backing of the presidency, to ferment political troubles in the state.
It means that if there has been any trouble that was associated with the state government, Wike was part of that problem. He has hardly done anything to correct the mirage of the troubles he said that have characterised the state, order than causing his parallel of troubles, kicking on sideways and, reminding Nigerians that trouble to him is like an old friend that one stays with in awhile, having missed the friend for many years.
Operating with old political mentality, Wike fumed that the state had not experienced or been in the opposition since 1967 of its creation except as Amaechi came into office. But it is either Wike's brain was failing him or he was untruth with the reality.
Amaechi had not defected to the All Progressives Congress, as at the last Nigeria Governors Forum's chairmanship election, in which Amachi floored the candidate of Mr. President.
Nigerians know the fate that Amaechi suffered in the hands of the likes of Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State before and after that election, which upon his promises to deliver Jang, who was the preferred choice of the President, lost out to Amaechi.
It was then that the mathematicians in the PDP told the rest of us that 16 were greater than 18.
Amaechi was still in the PDP, when a court passed what analysts regarded as a kangaroo judgment that ousted the state PDP chairman G.U Ake and instituted Felix Obua. Amaechi was still in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when in 2010 Mrs. Jonathan came to Okrika and scolded Amaechi as if he was her school pupil. Amaechi was in the PDP, when he was suspended by the party. Amongst others, what is Wike talking about of the crises in Rivers State were the result of Amaechi's decision with the APC?
The comments that Wike has been making on Rivers State are undemocratic. He feels that by citing Amaechi against the people, he will be making a head way with his political plans, but this is not true.
While accusing Amaechi of trying to impose his will on the people, Nigerians now know Wike as one rabble-rouser, who has done many shoddy attempts to impose himself on Amaechi, but the residents of Rivers State, know better today.
While Wike is chasing shadow on Amaechi and insinuating that Amaechi operates un-democratically, the governor upon his glaring stubbornness, has not made such wicked statements as Wike's, which is that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party will rule for the next 50 years.
This is the type of 'democracy' that Wike wants to sell in Rivers State and indeed in Nigeria; hence anybody who refuses to buy his ugly trade, must be hounded and fought against.
How Nigerians had wished that Wike was making such crass statement in favour of Nigerian schools, that they will not experience strike in the next 20 years, at least. Today, some university lecturers in the Federal Universities are boycotting classes again after the six months strike that was just ended under Wike's supervision of Ministry of Education.
What does Wike know how to do best, except order the lecturers to compulsorily return to school or face his shilly-shallying way of administration.
The lecturers anger was that they have not been paid their salaries, yet, Wike is making blare in Nigeria, when he was supposed to cover his face in humiliation and resign from the position that Nigerians have seen that he's unfit to man.
The embarrassing something about Wike is that he counts August in the place of September. This leaves discerning minds to wonder why he has not since been relieved of his job. What a funny and humourous Wike!
His uncouth way of playing politics keeps enlightened personalities astonished. You meet Wike at any hotels or functions in Abuja or elsewhere, the only song on his lips is the pride he takes in the crises in Rivers State.
It is sad that, perhaps, it is only in Nigeria that a Minister of Education loves war to peace, which is not the reason of being educated.
(Look out for Part 3 of this article).
Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.
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