Sara-Igbe Accuses Wike Over Hatred For Kalabari, Ijaw 

Sara-Igbe Accuses Wike Over Hatred For Kalabari, Ijaw 

By Caleb Ishaya 

Niger Delta leader, His Highness Anabs Sara-Igbe, has accused the  Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike,  of hatred for the people of Kalabari ethnic nationality and Ijaw nation.

Sara-Igbe, in a statement issued to AljazirahNigeria newspaper noted that  the Wike’s claim of spending N50 million on the health of elder statesman, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, whose  burial, he shunned,  last weekend, was “political, insincere”. 

He  alleged that the  governor directed his appointees of Kalabari extension not to attend the burial ceremonies and that he contributed nothing, the reason for which former Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi tongue-lashed the governor. 

“It is appalling and most regrettable that the Rivers State Governor Chief Barr Nyesom Wike rather than exhibiting a high level of maturity, responsibility, responsiveness and provide good leadership anchored on equity fairness and justice, has politically and economically emasculated, oppressed, suppressed and enslaved the people of Kalabari Ethnic Nationality and the Ijaw Nation by extension since assuming of office as Governor. 

“It is also unfortunate that rather than evolving measures that would foster cohesion and peaceful co-existence amongst the people, and give all Ethnic Nationalities in Rivers State a sense of belonging, Governor Wike has openly shown his disdain, absolute hatred and nepotism against the people of Kalabari Kingdom and the Ijaw Nation at large. 

“The Governor Wike’s preference is his Obio/Akpo LGA and Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality as a whole. He is not interested in the wellbeing of Kalabari people and Ijaw Nation, some of whom are blind to see, understand and know the extend of his evil heart against the Kalabari people and the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality. 

“Just last week, the Governor shamelessly drove through the dilapidated road leading in and out of Kalabari Kingdom and Obuoma the home town of his Deputy Governor. 

The South South leader alleged that Emohua/Kalabari road which is riddled with dangerous potholes and gullies has become commuters nightmare and  has been further exacerbated by heightened insecurity in the area with kidnapping and other violent crimes occurring on a daily basis. 

“It is sad that despite knowing how insecured the area has become due to the deplorable state of the road, the Governor has bluntly refused to rehabilitate the road or undertake any remedial work to ease the difficulties of the Kalabari people who uses the road. 

“To further express his dislike and hatred towards the Kalabari Ethnic Nationality and the Ijaw Nation as a whole, Governor Wike was visibly absent at the funeral of a Prominent Nationalist, a 4-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an illustrious son of Rivers State and an elder statesman Alabo T.O Graham Dauglas who was laid to rest over the weekend. 

“It is disheartening that the Rivers State Government under Governor Wike refused to make any contribution for the burial of the founding Leader of the democratic dispensation of Rivers State who made invaluable contribution to growth and development of Rivers State, Niger Delta and Nigeria at large. 

“To God be the the glory, Alabo T.O Graham Douglas was celebrated at his burial by Nigerians from all walks of life within and outside the country including the political elites, Kings, Chiefs, Elders, Youths and Women.”

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