The leadership of the umbrella body of Ijaw youths worldwide, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has condemned the derogatory statement credited to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike against the Ijaw Ethnic group over their demand for the release of Hon. Fara Dagogo, describing Wike’s outburst as insulting and totally unacceptable The Trumpet gathered.
Wike had on Sunday launched an attack on the Ijaw ethnic nationality following the controversy over the arrest of a federal lawmaker, Hon. Farah Dagogo and the 48hours ultimatum issued for his immediate release.
The IYC, in a statement reacting to the derogatory use of “Thunder Fire You” by the Rivers Governor on the Ijaw ethnic Nation during the church service, described the comment as disturbing, inciting and denigrating of the high office he occupies.
The IYC leadership, through its National Spokesman, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, noted that “such tactless and disrespectful comment by Wike was the height of his prolonged disdain for the Ijaw nation as a whole and Rivers Ijaw people in particular since he became governor of the state.
“It is even more shocking that the Governor took his unrestrained verbiage to the hallowed pulpit of a church and desecrated the altar of God. “
The IYC restates that its only ‘sin’ that attracted Wike’s fire was its demand alongside its parent organ, the Ijaw National Congress (INC), for the release of an Ijaw son, Hon. Farah Dagogo, that was arrested and remanded in prison on the orders of the governor.
“Despite being the fourth largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria and the largest in the Niger Delta, the Ijaws have consistently promoted peaceful and harmonious relationships with other ethnic groups, including Wike’s Ikwerre nationality in Rivers State. However, Wike should be reminded that such unguarded and incendiary comments are capable of rupturing the existing good relationship with the Ikwerres, and his kinsmen are advised to call him to order.”
The IYC also reminds Wike that” power is transient and that by May 29, 2023, he will vacate the exalted governorship seat, which he has equally ridiculed, to become an ordinary citizen like others in Rivers State and Nigeria.
“Wike has forgotten that by calling fire and thunder on the Ijaw nation, his benefactor and our revered leader, former President Goodluck Jonathan, is an illustrious Ijaw son.
“This “thunder” did not fire the former president when, despite all odds, he made him the choice of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State against the wishes of other competent Ijaw aspirants in the state.
“Now, Jonathan as an Ijaw man is also under fire from Wike. For him, all those that made him, including the people of Rivers State, are in his pocket and can be insulted at will.
“We, therefore, call on our people as a whole to see Governor Wike as an enemy of the Ijaw Nation. We urge Ijaws all over the world to speak against this tyrannical behaviour of Wike.
We also call on our Ijaw brothers that are delegates in his party not to cast their votes for him during the presidential primaries as this will be viewed as a betrayal of our heritage. Suffice it to say that if a governor can cast aspersion on an entire ethnic nationality, what would become of him as president of the most populous black nation on the planet?”