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|The Dynamics Of Rivers State Politics. by Psalmistproject: 1:50pm On Nov 01, 2023
From the recent occurrence involving Wike and his immediate sire, Governor Sim, it's obvious that rivers state is living up to its expectation as a South South state.
Among the entire country, the only group with the greatest number of death casualties resulting from resource control conflict is the highly entitled people of south south.
Once it comes to entitlement, please don't argue with a typical Rivers man, or Delta man or Edo man, these folks no sabi mama or papa when chopping is involved.
Before I moved to Portharcourt for academics (Uniport) in 2007, I was in Lagos with my siblings and my mom. Then I rarely hear anything about politics in Lagos state.
Everyone was about their hustle. I can't even remember anyone trying to mention any news article from Lagos government. You can hardly here on the radio where guess from the Lagos government administration at the time are invited to the studio for interviews on one governments policy initiating dissidents. Lagos was just calm politically.
Then I arrived Portharcourt. Everywhere is politicized. You can hardly walk two poles without seeing one titled chief's house. 80% of the conversations of the indigenes were about government, politics and what is to be shared. Infact I virtually became politically conscious of my environment.
In River State and among it indigenes, it's all about where are they sharing our OYEL money today? Still, there's always fracas among them as a result of one person trying to corner all to self.
A Rivers politician can never be loyal if you give him power. It's only in Rivers state that you meet someone and ask, what do you do for a living? They'll tell you, "I am a politician."
They reduce politics and governance to a means of daily bread. I have so many friends even today living this way. Most of them lacks quality education, skills and even direction. They feel people around them either working, doing business or any other form of livelihood around them must give them as a form of an entitlement.
It's only in Portharcourt that one jobless youth will wake up and use his mother's wooden bench and block the road along his family house and starts collecting illegal taxes and levy.
In a road less than 2km you will find 4 community ticketing points. Most of the youths have refused to engage in meaningful ventures rather than becoming nuisance and extorting transporters. This extortion is in return added to the cost of transportation and the passengers bear the burden.
Now from Odili to Omehia to Amechi, then to Wike and currently to Sim. One thing this chronological order has in common is lack of relevance for past leaders.
Once a new government enters, the previous system is rendered irrelevant. Every man ruling the garden city believes he's divinely ordained to put everyone where they belongs. Infact they see themselves as the next GCFR. Any opposition must be stamped out!
Wike haven't seen anything yet. It's the same blood that runs in his veins that also runs in Sim's.
Now for people that doesn't know much, there's a real bitter hate for ikweres.
How they have hijacked the leadership of Rivers state. Sim is a riverine man, the people that believes they're the real rivers indigenes. The ikweres and those of them with igbo descents or connection are termed upland and immigrants so it's only a matter of time.
Now the last thing wike would have done would have been to make a puppet of Sim, he would have struck an easy bargain that wouldn't burden the present governor much. The kind of deal odili offered him and amechi. Power to rule without major interruptions.
So we are yet to see a bloody battle in Portharcourt. It will end bad for wike and if cares not taken it will also be bad for Rivers uplanders.
Simi have started stoking the embers of ethnicity, calling out for ijaw brethren to stand up! We may soon start to hear Wike is igbo so also amechi and odili and they can't allow one Nwike from Aba to come and tell them real riverine indigenes what to do.
All these is the consequences of giving a Rivers man power. You can't take it back.
When you give them food, they'll eat it and eat the plate also.
So expect serious battle months ahead.
|Re: The Dynamics Of Rivers State Politics. by jamesversion: 2:19pm On Nov 01, 2023
Lolz. U said you're from where exactly?
|Re: The Dynamics Of Rivers State Politics. by alanto: 2:50pm On Nov 01, 2023
Edo no be Lagos
God bless Lagos and SW. God bless NW, NE NC, SS and SW.
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