Niger- Delta Change Ambassadors Forum (NDCAF) has warned Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to desist from attempt to demonize the Nigerian Army.
The group gave the warning at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
NDCAF described the governor’s statement as “the unholy dance on the grave of Nigerian fallen heroes”.
In a statement signed by President, Comrade Asamowei Ebiakpo, the group believes Wike’s comment is a attempt to cause an unholy distraction in the fight against terrorism and other militant groups in Nigeria.
The governor, according to Ebiakpo, is still pained by the Army’s resolute stance and timely intervention at the last general elections in Rivers state, without which the state would have erupted in violence.
Therefore, he advised Wike to show respect for apolitical institutions such as the Nigerian Army, whose constitutional mandate requires that the territorial integrity of the country is preserved at all times.
The group said the timing of the utterances was an indication that the Governor “is ungrateful for the sacrifices of the gallant troops and indeed dancing on the graves of Nigeria’s fallen heroes”.
During a church service on Sunday to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the group had claimed that governor downplayed the contributions of the gallant troops, especially at the last polls.
However, the Niger-Delta Change Ambassadors advised public office holders such as the Governor Wike, to desist from statements that are capable of causing disaffection in the polity.