As news of the demolition of hotel buildings in Rivers State by the State Government goes viral, more and more Nigerians are joining issues with Governor Nyesom Wike.
The latest critic of the demolition embarked on by the governor is a one-time Federal Minister and activist, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili.
Ezekwesili who reacted to the issue on Twitter warned that Nigeria’s democracy cannot continue to be operated in breach by persons with a half civilian and half military mentality.
Calling for action against Wike, Ezekwesili declared, “It is important for the hotel-owners in Rivers State to sue the Rivers State Government.
” Our Democracy cannot continue to be operated in the breach by this half-civilian-half-military mentality.
She observed that it was clear that self discipline is lacking among most Nigerians, saying younger people who are aiming to serve in public office should acquire a level of discipline in order to avoid the abuse of power while in office.
“It is self-discipline that makes one with enormous powers to be restrained in exercising it.
” Whatever else you do as a young person preparing for Public Leadership in this land, please get self-discipline before whatever ‘title’ they start calling you to swell your head.
Power in the hands of persons without self-discipline in the absence of social accountability creates monsters in any society.
“I have seen enough flagrant abuse of power among our political class to know that both they and citizens are still enamored of the unaccountable governance style of the inglorious military era.
“Democratic ethos, values, principles and nuances totally forbid the kind of action Governor Wike of Rivers took in demolishing a hotel no matter whatever “Executive Order” he travels signed.”
” His action breeds anarchy in society and is condemnable. There is the morning after”, she added.
Meanwhile, Reno Omokri, a one-time aide of President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the fray in support of Governor Wike.
Omokri described Ezekwesili as a betrayer who refused to say one word when Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State dismantled the homes of politicians.
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