Wike: A reactionary element
By Ibrahim Idris
The recent primitive and uncivilized public declaration of Rivers State as “Christian State-‘cum-alleged mosque demolition in the state by the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has only succeeded in exposing the governor as an intolerant wobbling under-dog, reactionary element and a religious bigot; desperately seeking political recognition via controversial demagoguery; using bogus crusade as a veneer.
This does not show or display a good matured leader but a self-appointed crusader.
Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, prohibits the federation or any of its states from adopting any religion as the state religion. Hence it is disheartening to see a governor who took a Constitutional oath of office to discharge his duties faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, resorting to such bunkum.
Furthermore, Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution provides that every citizen of Nigeria of any particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person, be subjected, by any law in Nigeria or any administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religion or political opinion are not made subject; or be accorded any privilege or advantage not accorded to other citizens because of the above-mentioned reasons.
The foregoing clearly denotes that Muslims in Rivers State should not be prevented from exercising their Constitutional freedom of thought, conscience and religion; to practice any religion of their choice according to its teachings without hindrance from anyone or any authority, demolishing their places of worship etc. But to the peace-loving Nigerians’ utmost consternation, Wike, a reactionary element, seems to be ignorant of the Constitution he swore to protect and discharge his duties, in accordance with.
Reactionary elements like Wike and his cohorts always use religion as a portico to achieve selfish socio-economic interests. Albeit the creation of States in 1967 coupled with the provision of Section 2 of the 1999 Constitution that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble Sovereign State, have wholly demystified the question of Muslim-Christian and North-South dichotomies; reactionary elements of Wike’scalibre still mystify those concepts so that they could continue to exploit the situation for their egocentric socio-economic benefits. These elements use religion as the basis of their postulation of any given situation or problem.
It is apparent that such an unhealthy demeanor, peculiar only to street urchins of worst category, cannot liberate the masses of Rivers State and Nigeria in general, from abject penury, hunger, diseases or socio-cultural backwardness, rampant among them; nor can it unite them dialectically. Still, Wike seems to be hiding under them to cover his lapses and inability to deliver good governance-cum-dividends of democracy to his subservient. Governor Wike knows for sure that he and his administration are only exploiting the situation so that they could continue to bamboozle the masses of Rivers State to their advantage.
For a real dialectical unity to be achieved, a major consideration must be given to the true understanding of the law of development which deals, scientifically, with the unity and struggle of the opposites. That is the only way that different sections, ethnic groups and religious adherents could come together; build their nation together; and share their natural as well as human resources together; not by cunning and provocative utterances of political charlatans like NyesomWike.
Conclusively, we heartily appreciate the eloquent open letter by our able and undaunted Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Sen. Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. The letter denotes maturity and speaks the minds of Muslims world-over. We are sincerely grateful for the demystified representation he displays. And we pray and wish him abundant health, God’s guidance-cum-protection, long life and prosperity.
A word, they say, is enough for the wise. Fellow Nigerians, be warned and wary of political charlatans that are bent on causing disunity and hatred among you.
God bless Nigeria and Nigerians!
Idris is a journalist and wrote in from Kano.