Wike blames ‘false media propaganda’ for allegations of being a militant sponsor

Following the accusation from the Reform Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) that he is a sponsor of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has strongly denied the accusation, describing it as “false media propaganda.”

In a statement signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Simeon Nwakandu, the governor said that the false report was aimed at distracting him from the good works he was doing in Rivers state.

The RNDA, a group that allegedly split off the NDA, had accused Wike, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Bayelsa state Governor Seriake Dickson, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) of being sponsors of the militant group, NDA.

Wike said, “Our attention has been drawn to yet another  false media propaganda  wherein it was claimed that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is one of the sponsors of the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers.  We equivocally deny this false report which was fabricated with the aim of diverting  attention  from the superlative  performance  of Governor Wike.

“Any close observer of this propaganda  machine would have noticed that  all they do is concoct lies about Rivers State. We urge all well-meaning  persons to disregard this current falsehood  credited to a faceless splinter group of NDA .

“This falsehood may not be unconnected  to Governor  Wike’s  speech at the just-concluded conference  of the Nigerian Guild of Editors where he publicly declared that he and other stakeholders  in the state have prevented militant groups from sabotaging  oil installations as is the case elsewhere.  Not happy  with this declaration, they  resolved to concoct another ill-conceived  report trying to mislead the people.

”Nigerians already know what these propagandists represent. They represent retrogression , deliberate  falsehood, under-development and biased unprofessional journalism.

”Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is a patriotic leader,  committed to the sustenance  and  improvement of the nation’s  democracy and economy.  He is a promoter of security and good governance.  He cannot be disparaged by concocted publications  from APC  media agents.”

 

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