Wike/Ortom faceoff: ‘Wike’s charity should begin at home’


The President of Ikwerre Bu Otu Peace Movement in Rivers State, Amb Prince I. Ihuonwo, has weighed in on the war of words between the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom over Wike’s road construction in Benue state.

The two governors have been sparring over Wike’s decision to reconstruct the Makurdi-Naka-Adoka and the Aliade-Oju-Obarike-Ifo-Otukpo roads in Benue, with Wike calling for the declaration of state of emergency in Benue state.

Ihuonwo, during a chat with The Nation, expressed surprise that Wike’ was committing about N4billion to reconstruct roads in the middle belt state when there were several roads begging for attention in the state.

He urged the governor to let “charity begin at home’.

He said, “We are surprised that our governor is committing about N4bn to sponsor road in another state and we are here in Ogbakiri (Emuohua local government area) where there has been no road since the creation of Rivers State.

“He (Wike) should not be doing something that he would receive praises for from outside while his people are dying. We have no road, nothing to show, while he is bettering the lives of other people in Benue state.

“How does it benefit people of Rivers? He should start from Ogbakiri, where the people have nothing to show for supporting the PDP.

“It was the former President Shehu Shagari that gave us road. After then former governors (Peter) Odili, (Rotimi) Amaechi and now Wike have been governor yet we do not have road and our governor is building roads in other states?

“We wonder what the point is in doing that because there are people in Ogbakiri who are supporting him and there is nothing for them to show for their support,” Ihunowo said.

Speaking further the Ikwerre leader lamented the absence of development at the grassroots of Ogbakiri, stressing the area lacks good roads and drainage system to alleviate their suffering.

Ihuonwo said Ogbakiri was still suffering from the crisis that rocked the area till 2000, noting that 17 years after the people and infrastructure are not better off.



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