Rivers State Government has denied an online report that the governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, is a sponsor of Niger Delta militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Our attention has been drawn to yet another false media propaganda being circulated by the paid official false agents of All Progressives Congress, APC, wherein they claimed that Rivers State governor, Mr Wike, is one of the sponsors of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.
“We unequivocally deny this false report fabricated by the online medium, with the aim of diverting attention from Governor Wike’s superlative performance.
“Any close observer of the APC propaganda machine, where this particular online medium play an ignoble role, would have noticed that all they do is concoct lies about Rivers State. We urge all well meaning persons to disregard this current falsehood credited to a faceless splinter group of NDA.
“This falsehood may not be unconnected with Governor Wike’s speech at the just concluded conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, where he publicly declared that he and other stakeholders in the state have prevented militant groups from sabotaging oil installations as is the case elsewhere. Not happy with this declaration, this particular online medium resolved to concoct another ill-conceived report to mislead the public.
“Nigerians already know this online medium and what they represent. They represent retrogression, deliberate falsehood, under-development and biased unprofessional journalism. Governor Wike is a patriotic leader, committed to the sustenance and improvement of the nation’s democracy and economy. He is a promoter of security and good governance. He cannot be disparaged by concocted publications from APC media agents.”