Rivers Deputy Governor, Ikuru, under fire over call for “blood fight”

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru

Rights campaigners in Nigeria have slammed the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, for prodding the people of the state to fight, even with their blood, to rid the state of elements of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.

Mr. Ikuru, on Monday, had asked members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the state to fight and redeem the state from the APC even if it means shedding their blood.

He made the call in Port Harcourt to a crowd of PDP supporters who turned out to welcome him after his defection from the APC.

“It is necessary for the sake of your fathers, for the sake of your mothers, for the sake of your brothers and sisters and for the sake of your children. Every Rivers man must stand up to fight this evil among us,” Mr. Ikuru said. “If it demands your blood, so be it.”

The Director, Centre for Democracy and Development, Idayat Hassan, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Ikuru’s statement does not just portray hate but is especially dangerous because of the forthcoming elections.

“This a very worrying situation particularly looking at how volatile the election is. It amounts to dangerous speech, it goes beyond hate speech, it’s a dangerous speech to incite people to violence,” Ms. Hassan said.

Ms. Hassan said the comments by a serving deputy governor is unlawful, punishable, and against the Abuja peace accord signed by political parties.

“As much as the political gladiators keep inciting people to violence, they should not forget that if they feel the culture of impunity is actually encouraged here in Nigeria, that the ICC has already issued a statement to the effect that if anybody commits violence during this election will go in for it,” she said.

Emmanuel Onwubiko, the National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, condemned the statement.

“That’s very callous, if he made that comment,” Mr. Onwubiko said.

He said he hopes the Deputy Governor’s statement attracts international attention especially with the recent statement from the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal court that anyone who incites violence or participates in violent act during the election will be held responsible for their actions.

With Rivers State having recorded pockets of pre- election violence, various organizations have put the state on “red alert”, he said.

“That particular state has been burning, I think political leaders from that Rivers State should be careful of what they say. The state is a flashpoint for political violence, so you don’t expect anybody, a respectable politician from that state to be the one to speak of violence,” Mr. Onwubiko said.

He added that it is pertinent for the Deputy Governor to quickly recant his statement and apologise to Nigerians for making such inciting speech.

Also, Lauratu Abdulsalam of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme said such statement from a personality as the Deputy Governor of the state can lead his followers to cause an unimaginable level of violence.

The activists also called on the National Human Rights Commission to look into Mr. Ikuru’s statement and hold him accountable to any violence that might erupt in the state.

 


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  • Dog & Baboon Fight

    And how does this compare with;

    “DOG AND BABOON SOAKED IN BLOOD”??

    • Nigeria shall be freed!

      Then, you can go and spill your own blood in Rivers state on saturday now since it’s for GEJ to continue to loot the country with his cohorts. Nigeria shall be freed soonest!

      • TJ

        No, it is the blood of he who made that statement which you ought to spill. Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Havent u heard it before now?

        • Nigeria shall be freed!

          Amen…then so shall it be for Tele Ikuru who made the call. “As a man thinketh in heart, so it is”. Nigeria shall be freed!

          • abelizto

            Very soon all of u APC apologist will soon dissappear and go back to ur miserable unemployed life

          • Dog & Baboon Fight

            Amen my brother..then so shall it be for Buhari who made the call.

            “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

            NIGERIA SHALL BE FREED FROM OPPRESSORS!

        • Dog & Baboon Fight

          God bless you my brother…forget the hypocrites.

      • TJ

        You cant loot what belongs to you. If not for you parasites from the North & West, dont you know Bayelsa would have been richer than Kuwait & Doha put together?

        • Jack

          You should be ignored, coz you’re a f00l

          • Nigeria shall be freed!

            @Jack…God bless you! According to TJ, because the oil belongs to bayelsa now (that’s if it’s only bayelsa), GEJ and his cohorts should be looting it. Fools and mediocres are too many in this country! Nigeria shall be free!

        • abelizto

          Tj dont mind this cows hunger will soon kil those parasitic illiterates

        • Remi

          Look at this ogogoro drinker? What have your leaders done with allocations all this while. Even Otuoke has no light after your leader stole everything in the coffers and now leaving Nigeria in great debt.

          • Onike24

            God bless you!

        • Onike24

          Richer than Kuwait and Doha? !!!! Not unless you get rid of the parasites that will stop the spread of wealth, in Otueke only Jonathan’s house and his mother’s house have electricity! What manner of Doha and Kuwaiti is that? Drink your oil!

        • ALADE OLADAPO

          This man is an animal…before the discovery of oil…is it not cocoa from west, groundnut from north, and coal from the east that brings money to the federation….did you not eat out of it, you now open mouth to say oil belongs to you alone not NIGERIA,which money was used to explore the oil self…ignoramus, shame is coming to you on saturday……kleptomanian people.

      • Dog & Baboon Fight

        Then may I also suggest you also go and spill yur blood to please yur Dog & Baboon trainer. Since it is for yur Hero to continue to shed blood in the country with his cohorts.
        You can make up the numbers..just decide if you will be a DOG OR BABOON.. anyone..as long as you stick to the rules and make sure you are SOAKED IN BLOOD!

    • Onike24

      That is a PROVERB! You Einstein; infact, the school of African and Oriental studies in London gave a talk on Hausa proverbs and that was one of those explained, I guess the Sumerian lecturer also has an APC membership! A party of liars for liars, to promote lies and Poverty!

      • Dog & Baboon Fight

        Hahaha! Teacher, DONT TEACH ME NONSENSE!
        I don’t need no ‘London skool’ to teach me hausa proverb bros.
        I am ‘northern’..BORN AND BRED!
        So what the ‘London skool’ explain as the meaning??
        Let me give you his EXACT words ‘teacher’;

        “KARE GINI, BIRI GINI”!!!!!!!!!

        ASK A PROPER HAUSA MAN WHAT THAT MEANS OGA! NOT SOME RANDOM ‘TEACHER’ IN LONDON!
        MTCHEUW!

        • Sani

          Do you claim to know hausa language? If you do, you wouldn’t have spelt JINI as GINI. For your information GINI as you put it means: building.

          • Dog & Baboon Fight

            I know that oga..my written hausa is not as good. U will agree with me if you are honest that writing in Hausa is tricky..

          • Churchill Roosevelt

            Nagode babana.Ka fada masa gaskiya.Gaskiya Tafi kobo.Indeed an Hausa proverb that was twisted to suit political gains.thats how people spew out falsehood,rumors,lies,allegations ,jejune and politically motivated commentaries while pretending to be non partisan.Seek to ascertain facts not fictions.At least we still have some Libraries left in Nigeria if we can’t research the Internet

  • More threats from ‘apc’

    What about the threats below?

    ===”If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood…Revolution is inevitable in 2015 if I lose.” – M.BUHARI

    ===“The next election is likely to be violent and many people are likely going to die…”- Nasiru El-RUFIA

    ===”I am putting Jonathan on notice that he must leave office come 2015.”- Mr Ango ABDULAHI

    ===“If Jonathan insists on running, there will be bloodshed…His running will amount to taking northerners for a ride. So, there will be bloodshed.” – Junaid MUHAMMED

    ===“You ‘rig & roast’…” – Malam Bola TINUBUt

    • Jay

      Your father made the first comment obviously. Animalistic beings.

    • Remi

      Are you planning to RIG? Why the fear? It is like saying steal and go to jail.

      • kamal Kamoru

        And what about the other threats oga???? Did you see ‘rig’ in Buhari’s statement??
        He said if I ‘lose’!
        So he means ‘I lose but I must be declared winner’!
        Hypocrites!!

  • djay

    Calling for blood amongst your own people of River state cos of his own interest and the irony of it all is that neither is he willing to shed his blood nor that of his children n family. These are wicked leaders.

    • Belusconi

      When APC threatens blood everywhere, do you expect PDP to look on? That would be cowardly. Remember, you are talking of the South not West.

    • Onike24

      You cannot get a seat on a commercial flight for love nor money, what is worse is that ALL the charter companies don’t even have available planes( they are all booked!) now is it the common man that will buy international tickets or charter flights? These people are wicked and soulless, my prayer is that Nigerians rise, with that determination and grit that we are known for; and say enough is enough!

      • Tanko

        Enough of what really my friend? Do you realise which zone in Nigeria ALWAYS Has the worst cases of blood letting?? There might be traces of violence in all parts of the country, BUT KILLING INNOCENT CITIZENS(LIKE HAPLESS CORPERS) AND BURNING DOWN PLACES OF WORSHIP ONLY OCCUR IN ONE PART OF NAIJA! IS IT A MERE COINCIDENCE YOUR HERO WHO COMES FROM THAT ZONE WAS KNOWN TO HAVE SAID THE DOGS AND MONKEYS WILL BE COVERED WITH BLOOD??
        ENOUGH OF BLOOD SHEDDING YOU MEAN???

  • progress

    Take the moron to ICC Jare!

    • burning spear

      The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned that anyone who dared rig the elections in Ekiti and Osun states would be murdered.

      According to him the days of seeking legal redress were over saying “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.”-WHO TOOK CERTIFICATE FORGERS LIKE TINUB U ATI THE HEAD OF THE BABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON BUHARI ICC

      • TKBaba

        Thank GOD this your craziness will end on Saturday.

  • favourtalk

    It is a shame that we have people like this in nigeria government, we can’t continue this way, PDP changed people from good to bad, his way are thier way now. We will teach them lesson with our votes

    • ALADE OLADAPO

      yes ooooo, bitter lesson they will noy recover from, vote wisely NIGERIANS.

  • Omomeji

    List of presidents who died in office due to young age;

    Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal,(Somaliland). 73
    Gnassingbe Eyadema,(Togo ) 69
    Felix Houphouet-Boigny, (Ivory Coast) 88
    King Hassan 11, (Morrocco) 70
    Michael Sata (Zambia) 77

    Nigeria should not be going backwards. We need to move forward like others.

    • Desmond

      maybe you will die in your office or in anything you are doing if that is what you wish your fellow human being

      • dareolu1

        He didn’t see those that are almost 90 and well over 80, most notable, Mugabe, Hosni Mubarak wey dey jail sef never die, Museveni is still there, he is wishing death for someone, may God just help us in this country, the state of the heart of most Nigerians is just awful…

    • burning spear

      The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned that anyone who dared rig the elections in Ekiti and Osun states would be murdered.

      According to him the days of seeking legal redress were over saying “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.”

    • ALADE OLADAPO

      what you wish for others, you wish for yourself. as a man thinketh so he is. beware.

  • Ukalas

    You guys shut up your stinking mouth and watch out for who emerges as Nigeria president, come 28th of march, 2015. Buhari is for revenge…that man doesn’t have any ambition to take Nigeria Forward. GEJ All The Way…

    • ALADE OLADAPO

      obviously, you have been bought, you are blind, to see, your uncles are among those squandering NIGERIA M

  • Taster

    See nothing, heard nothing wrong – Vote Jonathan for PRESIDENT is a task that must be fulfilled.

    • Luman Asifat

      ‘See nothing,heard nothing wrong’ means that the person commenting is brainless,dogmatic and irresponsible.The real thing is GEJ must gooooooooooooooooo……………..

      • dareolu1

        the guy is a paid agent just check his profile, they and their ogas at the top are all frauds…GEJ surely must go!!!!!!!!

      • Taster

        Oussssh! ever heard that sound? Just vote GEJ n allow buhari his deserved rest.

      • ALADE OLADAPO

        in your dreams..loosers…deocracy saturday,march28th.

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    • burning spear

      The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned that anyone who dared rig the elections in Ekiti and Osun states would be murdered.

      According to him the days of seeking legal redress were over saying “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.” WERE THE PIGS IN THAT YEYE HUMAN RIGHTS CLUB ASLEEP WHEN TINUBU ISSUED THE THESE THREATS-? ANIMALS

  • Prince Stanley N. Ejims

    Time to show his maturity in leadership. I would suggest he recants that statement, as no man is perfect in all.

    • burning spear

      The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned that anyone who dared rig the elections in Ekiti and Osun states would be murdered.

      According to him the days of seeking legal redress were over saying “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.”

      • ALADE OLADAPO

        YOUR NAME AS IT SUGGEST WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU. ANY ONE INCITING VIOLENCE WILL BE CONSUMED BY SAME VIOLENCE..mr burning spear.

  • Mr. Abdin

    He is an agent of destruction.

  • The Nigeria Future Project

    Here is one that the ICC can put on trail and the US can deny a Visa to.

    • burning spear

      The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned that anyone who dared rig the elections in Ekiti and Osun states would be murdered.

      According to him the days of seeking legal redress were over saying “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.”WHAT A SHAME

      • dareolu1

        liar 101, you still dey, God never finish with you my friend!

  • bib

    Wow! He is inebriated with dollars!

  • burning spear

    The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned that anyone who dared rig the elections in Ekiti and Osun states would be murdered.

    According to him the days of seeking legal redress were over saying “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.”

  • katalyst

    So monkeys and baboons will No longer be soaked in their own blood? Or APC will no longer form parallel govt if they lose?

    • logmein2nite

      If the election is rigged, not if they lose. Its dictatorship in kaftan when elections are rigged.

  • burning spear

    The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday warned that anyone who dared rig the elections in Ekiti and Osun states would be murdered.

    According to him the days of seeking legal redress were over saying “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.”

    • logmein2nite

      Did Tinubu say that? If so, he should have avoided that statement. So far, the PDP have had an exclusive use of violent message in this particular election. However, I do think the helpless opposition often only uses such threats in the hope that it will serve as deterrence to rigging. But why don’t we all support FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT and CREDIBLE elections. It seems we are willing to accept a rigged election as long as it is our candidate that wins.

    • DazzlingSmile

      You’re just coming up with your own story, making comment on this very one you’ve just read f00l.

  • GideonOrkarII

    rig and roast. Sounds familiar? God punish all the journalists wey don collect money from ANY politician to come and write rubbish

  • samuel

    APC the violent party is now afraid of violence. Argbesola rigged the election in osun, so we can’t take the rigging lightly anymore. Do anything to rid every nigérian state of APC. Sai GEJ

  • Maitama Tambari

    Dinned and wined with PDP devils calling for fight when the election is civil right not war. It is a pity Tele Ikuru making those statement. The value of education is to make the humans different from the animals. The objective of politics and participating actively is a public service. If you believe in public service there is no way to divide the community by calling of violence instead of amenities and public services. What a pity. WE ALL BELIEVE CHANGE COME 28-03-15. YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • citizenka

    Please don’t be harsh on Tele Ikuru he needs to make up for being late to the party. He needs to shout a lot so they can know he is in the house.

    • humm

      Dont worry he will end up in jail with GEJ and mama peace after the election

  • Arabakpura

    It is obvious he lost out in a power tussle! When Nigerian politicians lose in a power battle, they look for pawns to sacrifice.

  • SAM .A

    Tele Nkuru , a deputy governor of River State after decamping from APC to PDP ,called to His new found partyPDP to do blood fight. Nkuru has just transformed from political gladiator to political hyena and vampire.
    While hiding his children ,wife, brothers & sisters in a fortress, he is calling ,the poor , ignorant and unemployed / amnesty boys to go and waste their life/ blood on the street.
    It is time for stiff penalty is meted out to all selfish politicians that incite our Youths Nkuru deserve to face the punishment. He has all the right to decamp, but has no right to incite , especially when he is hiding his children.

  • smart G

    The message is clear.
    Work very hard to reclaim your freedom.
    Just like our soldiers are fighting to reclaim our territories in the North River people have a similar call.
    They should not start violence,they should not cause trouble but they should be ready to die for a just cause.