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Published On: Wed, Jan 15th, 2020

Armed Forces Day: Group warns Gov Wike against demonizing remarks

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The Niger- Delta Change Ambassadors Forum (NDCAF) has warned Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, to desist from any further attempt to demonise the Nigerian Army.
The warning is coming at the heels of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, against what the right group described as “the unholy dance on the grave of Nigerian fallen heroes by Governor Wike.”
According to the group, Governor Wike has during a church service on Sunday to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, downplayed the contributions of the gallant troops, especially at the last polls.
However, in a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, the Niger-Delta Change Ambassadors advised public office holders such as the Governor Wike, to desist from statements that are capable of causing disaffection in the polity.
In a statement signed by President, Comrade Asamowei Ebiakpo, the group believes Wike’s comment is an attempt to cause an unholy distraction in the fight against terrorism and other militant groups in Nigeria.
The South-South based group maintained that the governor is still pained by the Army’s resolute stance and timely intervention at the last general elections in Rivers State, without which the state would have erupted in violence.
The Niger- Delta Change Ambassadors Forum, therefore, advised Mr Wike to show respect for apolitical institutions such as the Nigerian Army, whose constitutional mandate requires that the territorial integrity of the country is preserved at all times.
The group added that the timing of his utterances is an indication that Mr Wike is ungrateful for the sacrifices of the gallant troops and he is indeed dancing on the graves of Nigeria’s fallen heroes .
‘’The Niger-Delta Change Ambassadors Forum is alarmed that a governor of a state that is meant to rise above board in national issues, has decided to condescend to an unenviable height in an attempt to score cheap political points.
‘’We wish to state that Governor Nyesom Wike’s statement on the Nigerian Army lacking integrity is not just of poor taste, but also an attempt to cause an unholy distraction in the fight against terrorism and other militant groups in Nigeria.
‘’Governor Nyesom Wike must admit that his major grouse with the Nigerian Army is its resolute stance and timely intervention in the 2019 general elections in Rivers state, without which the state would have erupted in violence due to the planned activities of his political thugs that were mobilized to wreak havoc on innocent and unarmed citizens in the state,” the group stated..

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