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Leave Fire-Brand Crusade To Christian Clerics, MURIC Tells Gov Wike

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Subair Mohammed

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described a statement credited to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State at a crusade organised by the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church in Port-Harcourt, capital of Rivers State as unguarded and reckless.

During the crusade, Governor Wike reportedly declared that Rivers State is a Christian State.

Reacting to the statement, Prof Ishaq Akintola, Director, MURIC said such statement is divisive and audacious especially at a time when the country is facing religious and ethnic crises.

In a statement signed by Prof Ishaq, he stated that, Governor Wike is short in intellect and long in impunity, adding that, “It is not his first time of making this pronouncement but it was ignored in order not to dignify him with a response. But he has just exposed himself as an analogue governor with a triangular approach to all problems: religion, violence and impunity. Wike cannot think outside this triangular box.”

He said, “At a time when religious fanaticism is on the rise and the authorities are cautioning Nigerians to be moderate, a state governor is running loose with reckless statements like, ‘I repeat once again without apologies, Rivers is a Christian state. That is why nobody can touch us’

“This is nothing but articulated demagoguery. It is audacious, preposterous and myopic. It is also a dangerous precedent. Nonetheless, Wike’s statement must also be seen as meaningless unless he can establish Canon law for his ‘Christian State’”

“Is Rivers the only state with Christian majority? Prof Ishaq quizzed.

“Wike should learn from the moderate stance of the governors of Cross Rivers, Delta, Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, etc on the issue of religion. He is playing on the intelligence of the good people of Rivers State and lending credence to Karl Marx’s view of religion as opium of the people. He is brandishing state-sponsored religiosity to cover his gross ineptitude” he disclosed.

Prof Ishaq stressed that the spate of crime in Rivers State is an indictment on Wike as cult-killing is on the rise.

Stressing that Kidnapping in Rivers State has become an obsession while youth restiveness is everywhere in the state.

“But all these are by-products of mass unemployment. Wike should be thinking of empowering the youth. Where are the roads built by his administration? What is the state of Rivers’ schools? Are there drugs in the hospitals? What are the rates of infant and maternal mortality in Rivers State? He queried.

“Port Harcourt is one of the most expensive places to live in Nigeria. It is high time Wike focused on governance and stopped propagating motor-park doctrine, manifesting ‘agbero’ faculty and exhibiting ‘bolekaja’ mentality. This is what Wike should face” he advised.

While stating that it is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for any governor in the country to declare his state a Christian or an Islamic state, Prof Ishaq advised Governor Wike to concentrate on the job for which he was elected and leave evangelization and fire-brand crusade to Christian clerics.


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