I read the article titled “Stripping Wike slowly” credited to my friend Dr Amanze Obi and published at page 44 in the Guardian newspaper of Sunday 18th November, 2018. My initial reaction was to ignore it because it was a mere showcase of Dr Amanze's narrow understanding of the role of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in the dynamics of Nigerian politics. I can only sympathise with him by correcting and informing him on some of the issues he turned upside down and many that he did not know.
The common belief that a woman's place ends in the Kitchen is erroneous because educating the girl child means educating the nation. Ogoni in this case is no exception as they have the history of promoting female education.
Culture as we know defines a people's way of life. In Ogoni land, marriage practices defer based on backgrounds and tribes.
While most marriage practices in Ogoni are repugnant, others are inoffensive and enjoyable. Surprisingly, some tribes in Nigeria have the wrong perception that marriage in Ogoni is a deathtrap for females.
Fears are rife that the 2019 elections may be marred. If this happens, hold the security agencies and the electoral umpire responsible. The fears seem to be so real that the EU officials paid a visit to the Buhari Campaign Organisation to extract commitments to elections. Campaign DG Chibuike Amaechi made a promise of credible polls even when he knew he meant the opposite. Recently, a US Agency (USIP) has raised the red flag and warned of electoral violence in eight states of Rivers, Kano, Ekiti, Kaduna, Lagos, Plateau, Anambra an Adamawa. This is indication of fears on the side of the international community, a recurring decimal that characterize Nigeria's elections. Of all these, Rivers faces the worst threat because everything has been “put in place” to write results and bring down Gov Nyesom Wike at all cost.