Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has berated President Mohammed Buhari Administration for the increase in the insecurity and tension in the country saying that the next President of the country will spend his tenure fixing the ethnic, religious and socio-economic problems created by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor noted that since the APC administration assumed office in 2015, religious intolerance and ethnic division have deepened. And worst still, is the politicization of security.
He stated during the official presentation of a letter of nomination to him for the “ 2020 Extra-Ordinary Personality of the Year Award” by the management of Silverbird Group at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.
Governor Wike said despite the glaring insecurity, religious and ethnic division in the country, the officials of the federal government have continued to live in denial that Nigeria is now more united and secure than ever.
The Rivers State governor maintained that whoever becomes President in 2023 will spend his entire reign trying to resolve the various socio-economic crisis caused by the present administration.
Governor Wike expressed his appreciation on behalf of the government and people of the State to the management of Silverbird for the recognition. But, said it was disturbing that the Nigerian Media has failed in its responsibility to hold the present administration accountable for failure to provide much-desired good governance.
“The problem in Nigeria which I have always said is that the press, the media is part of our headache. The media have lost their voice. I remember when Goodluck Jonathan was the President, it was as if the media want to pull down the whole of Nigeria.”
Speaking on the issue of insecurity, the governor attributed the seeming inability of the military to end insurgency in the North East and other parts of the country to the involvement of sacked Service Chiefs, particularly former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai in politics.
“You were witnesses to how under Buratai, the army was exposed to politics, which have never happened in the history of this country. The army began to carry ballot boxes. I have never seen that. Before we used to talk about police, now it’s no longer the police.
“Professionalism is no longer there and that is why it is difficult to fight insecurity. Instead of concentrating and map out a strategy, what they are interested in Rivers State. Who will we send there to make sure the election is rigged. The former Chief of Army Staff will even call INEC to cancel the Rivers State election because of his interest. I have never seen this kind of thing in my life.”
The governor said it was regrettable the former Chief of Army Staff failed to condemn his personnel who invaded the INEC office in Port Harcourt a day after the Rivers State governorship election in 2019 in an attempt to subvert the wishes of the people, instead, he chose to shield them from prosecution.
“If there is a country that means well for its citizens, the former GOC in Rivers State would have been dismissed from the Army, but because he was sent by his so-called leaders, they have to protect him. That is the country that we are in, and that is why we think the media should come up and tell the world some of these stories.”