By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation (RIVLEAF) has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to urgently watch his utterances and not destroy the vision of the founding fathers of the state.
The group, in a statement issued by the group’s Director of Communications, Onyeche Nnatah Peters, also berated the governor for acts unbecoming of a public office holder, who should shape the hopes and aspirations of Rivers people.
RIVLEAF’s admonition , it said, comes against the background of a broadcast by Wike, where the Rivers governor threw caution to the wind and made statements undeserving of the office he occupies.
RIVLEAF tasked the governor to devise new ways of speaking on matters of state and national importance, while insisting that the utterances of the governor were doing incalculable damage to the people and image of the state.
According to the statement, “RIVLEAF believes Governor Wike should show a reasonable sense of responsibility when addressing the state as there are better ways of passing messages across without sounding boastful and vengeful.
“Time and time again, Governor Wike speaks as if he has conquered the state, as if he is the owner, creator, and benefactor of the state; he speaks as though he inherited the state from his father.
“Rivers people are not conquered and will never be conquered by a civilian dictator. Rivers people contributed sweat, grit and industry to bring the state to where it is and one man will not destroy it in eight years.”