Many Nigerians described Governor Wike's action as undemocratic.
The demolition of two hotels by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for violating lockdown directives, has caused quite a stir on social media.
On Sunday, May 10, 2020, the Rivers State government announced its decision to demolish Edemete Hotel and Prudent Hotel for flouting lockdown directives in the state.
This was announced in a statement by Paulinus Nsirim, the state Commissioner for information and communications.
What many people thought was a just threat to enforce compliance turned out a very controversial decision by the governor, as Wike and other officials of the Rivers State task force went ahead to demolish the hotels.
The hotels were demolished barely six hours after the state government announced its decision to demolish the facilities.
Nigerians have been reacting on social media. Many condemned the governor, saying his action is undemocratic.
Recently, Wike was commended for arresting 14 persons hidden in cattle trucks during the lockdown in Rivers.
The governor was commended for taking steps to ensure that the measures put in place to address the spread of coronavirus in the state are complied with.
On Sunday, May 10, Wike stepped out to effect compliance in the state, but this time, his efforts earned him condemnations and criticisms after pictures of the hotels he demolished surfaced online.
Below are some Twitter reactions to the demolition of the hotels:
You don't cut off the throat of your child cos he disobeyed you. This is wickedness. Wike should have imposed a fine after sealing off the hotel! pic.twitter.com/AiI2kn84vO