Northern youth blast wike over disparaging remarks on Danfodio

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A group under the aegis of Northern Youth Forum(NYF) had lambasted Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for comparing his local chief to the revered 19th Century Islamic Reformer – Usman Danfodio.

A media statement signed the group’s Director of Special Duties, Engineer Danjuma Ibrahim pointed out that Wike has “tried to belittle a frontline historical figure, West African reformer who is being held in high esteem by all respected Northerners and this is quite dsiparaging”.

The NYF, in the statement asked Governor Wike to “immediately retract this insult on Northerners and tender an unreserved apology for the unguarded utterances.

“We do not expect a person of Wike’s calibre to be involved in this manner of shameful disregard for the hero of our contemporary history of spiritual rejuvenation and purity as a people and therefore find his disposition unacceptable”, the NYF stressed.

“Unless Governor Wike is out to deliberately provoke Northerners and especially the intellectuals and scholars of the African reformist hero, he has no basis to go into a senseless comparison”, the group argued.

The NYF, in the statement, said it’s committee on media would be “watching closely to see what action Governor Wike will take on this political brigandage and see whether he will have the guts to come down North to seek our support for his favored PDP presidential candidate in 2023”.

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