Coalition Condemns Unwarranted, Orchestrated And Sponsored Attacks On Barr. Ezenwo Wike

Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness (a coalition of 124 CSOs) has condemned the unwarranted, orchestrated, and sponsored attacks on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Barr. Ezenwo Wike.

In a joint press release on Thursday, December 7, 2023, signed for the coalition by the Director General, Dr. Nwambu Gabriel, and Secretary, Mohammed Sadiq, said that their coalition is passing a vote of confidence on the measures taken by Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike as the Minister of the FCT these actions are consistent with the FCT master plan and the extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

An excerpt is the full text of the press statement: “On Wednesday, 5th of December 2023, we saw some disgruntled elements who paraded themselves as Civil Society Organizations under the edges of Network of Civil Society for Economic Sustainability in what they said was a protest nicknamed “Wike Must Go”, in the Central Area of the FCT. The spokesperson mentioned some reasons why they want H. E. Barr. Nyesom Wike out as Minister of the FCT.

“Firstly, the FCT and its land acquisition processes have in the past been submerged in corruption itself, making the nation lose several trillion in terms of revenue.

“This is exactly what Wike is scrapping from the FCT. Wike as minister of the FCT is insisting on the FCT Master Plan. Sadly, the corruption is fighting back.

“The beneficiaries are fighting back through their proxies by funding demonstrations against H.E. Nyesom Wike. The fact that the said demonstrators mentioned happenings in Rivers State affirms our earlier position.

“Therefore, we hereby advise the perpetrators of this dastardly act to desist forthwith.

“Consequently, we as a coalition of over 124 Civil Society and non-governmental organizations hereby pass a vote of confidence on the measures taken by H. E. Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike as the honourable Minister of the FCT as these actions by the Hon. Minister are consistent with the FCT master plan and the extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We encourage the Hon Minister to remain focused, and undaunted and continue to exhibit quality service delivery to the Nigerian Nation.