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Opinion: Why Wike Got It Wrong For Making The Controversial Comment In The Presence Of IGP

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is a not new to controversy as he is always in the news for one thing or the other.

Apart from the Value Added Tax (VAT) controversy, Wike was still involved in the leadership tussle of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Just yesterday, Wike again stirred the hornet's nest due to the kind of comment he made during a public event at Police Barracks, Ikwerre, Rivers State in the presence of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba Alkali.

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The video clip of Wike making the controversial comment about policemen is still trending. In the video, Wike berated the policemen saying that wherever they live is usually dirty. The Rivers Governor went ahead to say that he does not know whether it was a sickness or there is more to it. He also said that he thanked God because the IGP assured that he would supervise. But, he expresses concern saying that he hopes that the barracks where the event took place would be neat by the time he comes back next time.

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How Wike got it wrong

First, Wike got it wrong going by the manner he made the comment. He did not say it like he was encouraging the policemen to be cautious and make sincere efforts to keep their barracks neat. No, Wike said it is a satirical manner showing that he was ridiculing the policemen for that. He went on to say what he thought or felt about the police in this regard. He also crowned it all by saying that he does not know if it was disease or what. There are better and more diplomatic ways to address the police on issues like this than the manner Wike did. He did not do it the right way. After all, all policemen are not dirty. Among civilians, some are usually neat while some people are also dirty.

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Secondly, Wike should have taken into consideration where he was at the point making that comment. As human beings, anybody can express himself or herself in any manner including making some outbursts or speaking out of anger. But, Wike should have known that he was speaking in the public which would be caught on camera. As a public figure and a Governor, Wike's utterances are important. That was why he was caught on camera making that comment and it is going viral already.

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Finally, Wike got it wrong by speaking in that manner in the presence of the IGP. At least, even if Wike did not want to respect the policemen, he should have respected the highest ranking police officer in the country. That is the IGP. The current IGP was present and he had already assured that he would look into the issue so a to address it. Wike even admitted this fact. So why did he go ahead to make that controversial comment about the police in the presence of the IGP?

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