I am flabbergasted by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike’s brand of politicking, but not surprised because he is a politician groomed ab initio in such precincts.
He is very conversant with the character of politics and leadership in Nigeria; he knows, Nigerians romance leaders who mouth one thing and do exactly the opposite behind the scenes.
This Governor feels his political survival only depends on the extent he dubiously attacks perceived rivals with concocted claims and confrontations. In such instances, he barks like a wounded lion.
The ilk of Wike were two in Nigeria, the now opposition PDP dashed Nigerians. But time has ebbed out former Ekiti Governor, Pastor Ayo Fayose. He is now more silent than an adventurous, lone soldier who stumbled across a ravenous monster in a wild forest.
And in these leaders, I sense a common denominator. They have a shameless flair for re-manufacturing reality in a sublimity that would make creative writers green with envy. The urge to twist facts and stoking hatred on the political arena, even where the circumstances defile such colorations is outstanding and outlandish.
I am the least dumbfounded that Governor Wike and his soulmates have bickered everyone or institution in the country, the last four years for empty political grandstanding and reasons of grabbing power. They are easily provoked once their satanic plots are detected and scuttled. At such points, they accuse, haggle, scold and even curse those who they think constitute obstacles. From President Muhammadu Buhari to the police, to the Nigerian Army, the DSS and political opponents, Governor Wike neither spares anyone.
What I know is that such leaders are perpetually afraid of their evil haunting shadows. Each of their actions is conceived and delivered on the altars of devilry. So, they are burdened by the phobia of reprisal attacks from the same personalities they have unjustly defamed and attacked.
And it can be glimpsed from the recent and numerous alarms by Governor Wike who falsifies assassination claims so freely, and frequently than a man chants the name of his favorite son. Since he grabbed the governorship seat of Rivers state in 2015, he has been shouting alleged assassination attempts on him.
Wike’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George as far back as 2017 alleged his governor survived five assassination attempts. By now, the number would have increased to 10.
It’s Wike’s regular menu like his friend, Pastor Fayose, once they run into brick walls after misusing political power. And it’s like a virus in some Governors today.
Therefore, I am not appalled with Wike’s penchant to drag everybody into this unfounded frenzy of wild and unsubstantiated assassination alarms. If Wike is not accusing the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Buhari, he gladly picks the quarrel with all arms of security agents protecting him.
I have come to realize, it is a gimmick Wike deploys to earn national public sympathy. He diverts attention with such gimmicks.
Like most Nigerians, it’s very clear to me Gov. Wike has become a terribly tormented soul since after “winning” a controversial election in 2015 and again, in 2019 adopting the same crude arm-twisting tactics. If he is not talking about Amaechi today, he is talking about Buhari.
Wike’s latest publicity stunt is to attack the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Gen. Jamil Sarham, alleging an attempted assassination on him. He mouthed it while addressing some international observers on the eve of the February 2019 presidential and national assembly elections.
Thereafter, Wike confirmed my conviction in his personality, by engaging the Nigerian Army in sustained altercations over the alleged assassination he could not justify, even after the Army gave him a seven-day ultimatum to prove or permanently hide his face in shame. To my knowledge, Wike has not been able to substantiate beyond alleging that soldiers, on protection mission in the build-up to the 2019 general elections cordoned his residence for protection.
Nonetheless, it is known to us that Wike’s grudge against the GOC, Maj. Gen. Sarham is the latter’s resolute refusal to compromise his integrity and that of the Nigerian Army to assist rig the general elections in favour of PDP.
And Maj. Gen. Sarham is not the only victim of this campaign of calumny from Wike and his proxies. Even when the Nigeria Police Force transferred the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, who was replaced with a new officer, Wike alleged, the new commissioner of police was redeployed to the state to assassinate him.
If any other Nigerian takes Wike seriously, I am an exemption. And I know, there are millions of us with same perception on him.
I am constrained to emphasise that let truth be told; Wike is just afraid of the 2019 election he has rigged again to wriggle himself into office. And with Buhari’s renewed searchlight on the judiciary, Wike is angry that he may not buy justice again, like he did in 2015 against Dakuku.
Wike is afraid that “Wike” will be exposed at the tribunal and he intends to divert serious attention from him by accusing everybody. But we are aware of his antics!
Okanga wrote this piece from Agila, Benue State.
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