By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Critic, Femi Fani-Kayode has attacked Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for demolishing two hotels just because they violated his lockdown order to check the spread of Coronavirus.
Wike had on Sunday monitored the demolition of two hotels for flouting his lockdown order to halt the spread of Coronavirus.
The hotels are: Prodest Hotel, Alode, Eleme, and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne both in Eleme Government local area.
Wike said: “Government has no alternative but to apply the Executive order which I signed before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt. I called all the Traditional Rulers and Council Chairmen and told them to ensure that no hotel operates in the State.
“We are not saying it will be forever. This is for now, so that we know where we are. To reduce the cases and check the spread.
“Whether you are PDP or not, all we are saying is that nobody is above the law. If we can do this to a PDP person, then you know we are not discriminatory. Everyone must obey. Whether you are in PDP, SDP or no party, you must obey the law. If any other person does the same thing, the same rule will apply.
“We said no hotel should operate within this period. Unfortunately, the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the Executive Order. Therefore, the executive order will be applied.
“We said if any hotel operates, Government will bring down that hotel. We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do.
“Nobody wants to obey any rules. We are saying just for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe,” he said.
But reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode said he was utterly amazed that Wike could demolished two hotels just because they violated his lockdown order.
He said the governor should simply have closed down the hotels and arrest the culprits rather than demolishing them.
In his words: “Two hotels demolished in Port Harcourt because they violated the Governor’s executive order on Covid 19?
“The Governor did not see fit to simply close down the hotels and arrest the culprits but instead he KNOCKED them both down? I am utterly amazed!”