Governor Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor, stated that the country is in chaos because of bad governance, marginalization and nepotism. He also said that the country is trying to cover up the crises they have when they know that all is not well.
Wike made this statement on Thursday 21st September 2017 while declaring open the 13th All Nigerians Editors Conference which was held at PortHarcourt, Rivers State.
The Governor said:
We are only pretending; we think that all is well with our country.
The country is in crisis as poor governance, nepotism, marginalisation and state-sponsored repression continue to do violence to the nation’s unity and cohesion.
At times like this, the country needs forthright leadership and consensus building to steer the ship of state from the wrong direction it is headed to safer grounds.
Nigerians of goodwill must therefore call the Minister of Information to stop stoking the ambers of disharmony and divisions in the polity with his irresponsible utterances and wild allegations against members of opposition political parties.
Wike also stated that the country had not made quite a notable achievements in fiscal policy, federalism, state police and the so-called free and fair elections. He went on to say that what the country needs is the right leaders to lead this great nation.
He continued by saying:
It is becoming clearer by the day that to ignore this call is pretentiously dangerous to the unity and peaceful co-existence of this country.
For some of us, therefore, there is nothing nobler than being counted on this path and as long as God gives us breath, we shall remain in the trenches fighting for our democratic rights and freedom until victory is ultimately achieved.
But we also believe that this is a fight that should and must be led by the media for full effect and agenda setting. This calls for greater vigilance and courage in giving effective voice to the contending issues and taking personal responsibility for factuality. It can’t be otherwise.
He finally said that the call to freedom and democratic rights cannot be achieved without the help of the media and it calls for greater courage and vigilance from them.
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