Rivers State Governor Nyelsom Wike Wednesday accused some unnamed retired generals of threatening him with the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, if he failed to comply with their orders.
However, Governor Wike, who neither mentioned the ex-generals nor the demands they placed on him, swore he would not obey the orders of anyone except what would benefit the generality of the Nigerian people.
This was when he ordered some former generals to divert their goodwill with the CIA toward fighting insurgency in Nigeria rather than threatening him and his supporters with US security equipment.
He said it was very unfortunate that the unnamed retired generals would use their “contacts” with the CIA to fight an individual rather than using it to address the issue of insecurity threatening the country.
Wike made the disclosure while marking the construction work of the internal roads of Igwuruta in the Ikwerre local government area of the state, which was carried out by Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of the state of Abia.
“Some people threatened that they are former generals, that they are close to the CIA in America and can deal with us. I said listen, no problem. If you are close to the US CIA, why not use it to solve the Boko Haram problem? Is it on my body (me) that you will use it? Nigeria has a serious problem and you are close to the CIA, you know them as former generals, so why not use that contact to solve Nigeria’s problem?
“You want to use it to threaten me. Who are you that I would come and make your own bids? I say no to that. I will take the bids of Nigerians, not the bids of a few people who believe that if they are not there it should be their children,” Wike said.
He pointed out that if President Muhammadu Buhari does not keep his promise not to interfere in the conduct of the 2023 general election, the All Progressives Congress will be doomed to note that such determination means that President Buhari is serious about a lasting legacy of leading a free and fair election.
“I thank the President for wanting to leave a legacy of holding free and fair elections.
“Thank God, Mr. President, for saying that you will not interfere with or intimidate anyone. That means your party cannot win.”
He expressed doubts about the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s public promise to give Nigerians better elections, saying: “My problem is INEC, whether they will do what they said they will do. They’re making promises now. I don’t know if they’ll stick to that. If INEC keeps its promises that Nigeria will have better elections I will be so happy. Everyone will see with their eyes that Abuja does not vote. It is the people here who will vote.”
Wike further stressed that those seeking votes from Rivers voters should boldly tell them what they will ultimately benefit from such electoral support.
He said; “So, if you gave to Adamawa, you gave to Benue, you gave to Delta, wouldn’t you give Rivers? Is it just to collect our votes?”
Wike distanced himself from such people who he said can do anything as agents against their own people. He stressed that no matter the temptation, he will never betray his own or pawn Rivers State’s interest.
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