Thunder Fire you comment: INC withdraws support for Wike’s Presidential ambition

Yenagoa—The Umbrella body of the Ijaw ethnic nationality, the Ijaw National Congress (INC) has announced the decision to withdraw the support handed the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike over his presidential ambition, Leadership Newspaper reports.

The INC stated that the office of the Governor of a state and President is supposed to be occupied by persons who are considered by those who voted them into office in the first place as being among the best in terms of their ability to manage success.

In a statement issued on Tuesday in Yenagoa by a Member of the National Representative Council, Elder
Christopher Abarowei, the INC called on politicians who had declared support for Wike’s Presidential ambition to withdraw the support until he tenders an unreserved apology to the leadership of INC, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and the entire Ijaw Nation.

The statement reads in part:

“Governor Nyesom Wike has not only disappointed those who helped him to be Governor, but he has also turned himself into a complete public nuisance with the way and manner he quickly insults people at the least provocation.

“This drift into an uncivilized and uncouth adventure by a state Governor is in our opinion unacceptable, undeserving and outrightly condemnable. The recent outburst in a church of all places by Governor Wike against the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) is a clear case of a man whose mental state has to be interrogated.

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“It is highly unacceptable for a man occupying the most exalted position of Governor of Rivers State to use derogatory words like ‘thunder fire you’ in a church that is supposed to be inhabited by decent people and respected workers in the Lord’s vineyard. This is a clear indication that the Governor lacks the moral compass to manage a state not to talk of his delusional attempt to occupy the most exalted position in Nigeria.

“How will he feel to ask for the votes of delegates of Ijaw extraction from Delta, Edo, Rivers and Delta states who he wants thunder to fire? Governor Wike should better still allow his aides to do what he is shamelessly doing now as the job of an attack dog does not in any way fit into the job description of a state Governor.

“We wonder how comfortable this Governor is with him having issues with almost everything around him except his over-bloated ego. There is a popular rule in boxing that requires a boxer with a longer reach and height to come down to the level of a shorter opponent to hit his target. In the process, the shorter man has the advantage to hit the face of the taller opponent with ease. Wike should be knowledgeable enough to know that using gutter languages will force weaker opponents to dive into the gutters with him.

“No Governor of Ijaw extraction has ever insulted the Ikwerres the way Wike has thrown caution to the wind and insulted Ijaws at random and we want him to come down from his high horse and build some moral decency and desist forthwith from insulting Ijaw people as his becoming a Governor today is a function of some Ijaw persons lifting his head, legs and hands. His fellow Ikwerre brother, Rotimi Amaechi would have crushed him without the support of the Ijaws.”

The statement averred that it will be insulting to ask Wike to render an apology to the leadership of INC and IYC, noting that it sees moral bankruptcy written all over the Governor.

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