Wike held me in disdain these 5 months – Inko-Tariah, sacked Media ChiefWritten by Bekee Anyalewechi
Former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Christian Inko-Tariah, has opened canister of worms, alleging that apart from running a one-man government, Rivers State Governor, Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, held him in disdainful opprobrium. The former aide, who announced his resignation early Friday in a letter dated 4th November, 2015, though The Neighbourhood gathered that Wike actually fired him, disclosed that the governor starved him of funds to run the office and manage the media on his behalf.
In the 3-page letter signed by himself, Inko-Tariah gave a graphic but pitiable account of how from the inception of his appointment, Wike had shown him hostility. Inko-Tariah, who accused Wike of once walking him out of the Governor’s Office, further advised the governor to learn to take corrections. According to Inko-Tariah, Wike is a one-man riot squad who abhors counsel.
Giving an insight on the suspicious, failed visit Wike made to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Inko-Tariah said the governor heaped on him the blame for the terrible negative media image it made of him(Wike).
Aside other harassments Inko-Tariah said he suffered in the hands of Wike, he recalled in pain how the governor did not show concern when he was attacked by suspected assassins. The former SA said that while the Chief of Staff, Government House, Emeka Woke, and the Chief of Protocol showed concern and visited him, the best Wike did was to abuse him with his late father.
“Go and die with your father”, Inko-Tariah claimed Wike had told him. His father, Hon. Justice Opubo Inko-Tariah, a former Acting Chief Judge, died in 2008 at the age of 92.
Inko-Tariah and Wike had last week had a shouting session at which the latter stormed out of the governor’s office. Events around the two men in the last one week indicated serious crises.