Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike receiving letter of nomination as the Silverbird ” 2020 Extra Ordinary Personality of the Year Award” from Silverbird Creative Development General Manager, Jacob Akinyemi Johnson at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.

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By Okafor Ofiebor

Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike said the next President of the country will spend his tenure fixing the ethnic, religious and socio-economic problems created by the All Progressives Congress government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Wike noted that since the APC administration assumed office in 2015, religious intolerance and ethnic division have deepened while security has been politicized.

Kelvin Ebiri, the Special Assistant to  Wike on Media quoted the Governor as saying this during the official presentation of letter of his nomination as  “2020 Extra Ordinary Personality of the Year Award” to him by the management of Silverbird Group at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.

Wike, according to the statement added that despite the glaring  insecurity, religious and ethnic  division in the country, 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 claimed that whoever becomes President in 2023 will spend his entire reign trying to resolve the various socio-economic crisis caused by the present administration.

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Governor Wike expressed his appreciation on behalf of the government and people of the State to the management of Silverbird for the recognition.

He slammed the Nigerian Media for failing in their 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.”

He attributed the seeming inability of the military to end insurgency in the North East and other part 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 has never happened in the history of this country. 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 them to concentrate and map out strategy, what they are interested is Rivers State. Who would we send there to make sure the election is rigged. The former Chief of Army Staff will even call INEC to cancel Rivers State election because of his interest. I have never seen this kind of thing in my life.”

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The governor said it was regrettable the former Chief of Army Staff failed to condemn his personnel who invaded 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 really 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.”

The Governor noted that the inability of the media to scrutinise those in authority  is partly responsible for lack of accountability by those in office. 

For instance, he stated that the President had promised to fight corruption and bring to book who he accused of killing the economy. But, ironically those he accused of killing the economy are now members of his political party, who are now free from prosecution.

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Silverbird Creative Development General Manager, Jacob Akinyemi Johnson, said the  award is to let the governor know that he is doing a fantastic job for the people of Rivers State and it has not gone unnoticed.

He explained that Governor Wike was nominated as the  Silverbird Extra Ordinary Personality of the Year 2020 because of the projects  he has embarked upon and his fearlessness.

“Your boldness made you the first prominent Nigerian to raise the alarm over the atrocities of the now disbanded SARS. And you also spoke against the politicisation of security.  Now your forthrightness in telling the truth to  power including the presidency when you think things are going wrong, is worthy of emulation. You did not hesitate to commend when necessary also. And on political issues,  you are not afraid to tell even your own party, the PDP the whole truth when necessary. “