The Cross River government through the Commissioner for Information, Comr. Asu Okang has described as unfair the viral COVID-19 state broadcast of the Rivers State governor, Nzenwo Nyesome Wike where he described his brother governor of Cross River as the federal government ‘boy’.
Speaking in a press release from the ministry, the Commissioner condemned the broadcast which has generated widespread knocks and applause from different folks.
See excerpts of the Press Release below:
OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER,
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION& ORIENTATION,
OPPOSITE CULTURAL CENTRE COMPLEX, CALABAR
RIVERS STATE COVID 19 MEDIA UPDATE: WIKE’s VITUPERATIONS WENT TOO FAR
The attention of the Government of Cross River State has been drawn to the unsavory innuendos and disparaging remarks made by the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Mr. Nyesom Wike against his colleaque and Digital Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Sir (Prof) Ben Ayade during a Media Briefing on Rivers State progress report on the rampaging Corona Virus pandemic which was broadcast live on AIT and several online Media as well as Radio and other Television Stations.
During that briefing, Governor Wike had sarcastically and severally referred to Governor Ayade as “One of their loyal boys” and so could make any remark against the Federal Government without drawing their anger. And why the Federal Government asked Rivers State to get her share of the palliative Rice through Cross River State.”
The State Government frowns at this unnecessary vituperations by a brother Governor from the same geo-political zone and political party. It should be made crystal clear here that Governor Wike need not make reference to Governor Ayade and Cross River State in such a disparaging manner, but should have gone ahead to state his case and grieviances against the APC- controlled Federal Government in Abuja.
Governor Ayade is a highly revered gentleman with sound character and high pedigree and of exceptional moral standing who has long understood the difference between party politics and governance. Elections we know, are long gone and it is now time for good governance for the overall interest of the citizenry.
In this regard, Governor Ayade’s enviable relationship with the the President at the centre should not be misconstrued as a weakness or a lazy approach to governance that should now earn him the tag “loyal boy”.
While we take exceptions to such disparaging remarks, Government further enjoins Governor Wike to play politics with ethics and sound political judgement as well as refrain from casting aspersions on the character of his colleagues, leading to hasty generalization.
Cross River and Rivers States have come a long way as brothers and whatever differences their leaders may have in approach to governance should be canvassed at their appropriate high level meetings and not discussed in the public domain such as a live Media Programme.
Comrade Asu Okang, fcai
Commissioner for Information & Orientation
2nd May, 2020.