The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that Governor Nyesom Wike is too big to serve as his running mate, according to lawyer and human rights activist, Reno Omokri.
When Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s term as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria expires; Governor Wike should take over, according to Omokri.
On Monday, July 4, Omokri appeared on the morning show of Arise Television and stated that there was no crisis inside the PDP and that Governor Wike had no intention of leaving the main opposition group.
“Governor Wike has told us in private and in also public that he’s never going to leave the party.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called Governor Nyesom Wike our Jagaban and it’s true because the man has almost a larger-than-life image
“Governor Wike is even too big to become Vice president. I see him as somebody who would be President after Atiku Abubakar.
“This is man who has Charisma, who has the carage and would unify Nigeria. And as such a person, he understands the larger issues,” Omokri opined.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government denounced on Monday, the request by five Republican US Senators that Nigeria be reclassified as a nation of particular concern due to alleged persecution of Christians, while linking the recent terrorist activities to the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).
In a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the senators, who made the call, also said that Christians’ freedom to exercise their religion had been violated.
However, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, responded to the claim in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in London, on Monday, July 4.
He said the call was founded on faulty premises and an incorrect understanding of what was happening in the nation.
The minister is in London to meet with several important non-governmental organizations and members of the international press.
According to the minister, the only known group that target Christians was ISWAP.
He, however said that the federal government had mounted a large scale military operations to wipe out the criminals and it is yielding results.