Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that if there is a proper Commander-in-Chief, bandits and insurgent groups would not be allowed to drag the country down to the level of unrestrained killings of innocent Nigerians.
Wike described a country going down to mean a place where hunger is not addressed, insecurity is allowed to fester, and marauding bandits kill Nigerians without restriction.
The Rivers State governor decried the Nigerian situation when he met with delegates and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, last Monday, to solicit votes as he seeks to become the presidential flag-bearer of the party.
“A proper Commander-in-Chief will never allow this country to go down like this. What is President Muhammadu Buhari doing with the service chiefs? Their business is to protect Nigeria and Nigerians.
“Look at our country, every day, the only project we get is people have died. The only project Nigeria continues to get is killings. Yesterday (Sunday), 55 people were killed in Zamfara”.
The presidential aspirant maintained that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government has failed in its primary responsibility to protect lives and property, hence, has no business being in governance.
“First in the oath of office is the protection of lives and property. Any government that cannot protect lives and property, then, you have no business being in governance. APC has no business to being in governance!”
Wike emphasised that what was happening in Nigeria was affecting everybody, including Moslems, Christians, Northerners and Southerners alike.
The Rivers State governor said never had Nigerians been so divided as seen under President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Wike described his quest to rescue Nigeria and ensure safety of lives and property under a proper Commander-in-Chief, as a mission to write the wrongs and give Nigerians back their country.
“Nobody can say what will happen in the next two minutes. As you’re going home now, you don’t know what will happen. Nigeria has come to that stage.
“Look at the hunger. Look at the poverty. This country requires a leader now that can confront the issues of insecurity.
“This country requires a leader that is very courageous. This country requires a leader that is fearless, and I am that leader.”
Wike reiterated his resolve to form a government of national unity, if he secures the presidential ticket of the PDP; contests the 2023 presidential election, and wins resoundingly.
Speaking further, Wike urged the delegates to consider him as the most competent, courageous and fearless leader to vote for during the party’s primary on May 28 and 29, 2022.
Wike enjoined the PDP family in Ekiti State to continue to work in unity, and assured them of his and Oyo State governor’s support at the next gubernatorial election in that state.
Also speaking, the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Oluseyi Makinde, said the South-West geopolitical zone would vote as a bloc during this month’s PDP presidential primary.
“The South-West zone, we will go in one direction. South-West zone will determine who is going to get the ticket of PDP. So, the delegates will have the heavy load of Abuja, and by the grace of God, we will deliver.”
Makinde said the era when the South-West was regarded as untrustworthy was over.
He stressed that the zone would play a central role during the presidential primary, and would also get a central benefit when Wike wins the 2023 presidential election.
Similarly, former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, noted that the South-West has suffered gross negligence under the APC administration.
“We are going to go to this convention united. Nobody in the South-West, particularly in Ekiti will start going to one aspirant in the night.”
In his remarks, former Gombe State Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo, said having worked with four Nigerian presidents, he was convinced that Wike was the only aspirant with the resolve to tackle the challenge of insecurity and other issues besetting the Nigerian state.
“He is a man that is a complete party man, a man that has worked for this party. He stood for this party when we had problem and never ran away.”
Nigeria To Observe Low Key Independence Day Anniversary -FG
Unlike those before it, Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day observance will not feature a ceremony at the Eagle Square, Abuja, but will be held “low-key,” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, has disclosed.
Akume revealed this to State House Correspondents after he emerged from a closed-door meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima, at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
He said October 1 would be “a time for reflections…to think very deeply as a people and the journey forward.”
The former Minister of Special Duties, who was reluctant to reveal details of the issues discussed, said it bordered on plans for the Independence Day.
“Independence is a historic event for any country and we Nigerians are no exemptions. c
“We are fully prepared for celebrations and for obvious reasons, it is going to be low-key and we are wishing Nigerians the best of luck and I want to assure them that better days are coming and pretty soon too,” he noted. c
On the modalities of this year’s edition, Akume said, “This is going to be low key; we are not going on fantastic jamboree at the Eagle Square and other locations.
“It’s a time for reflections…to think very deeply as a people. This journey is being charted by the captain of the ship.”
On what the government would do concerning the Labour Unions’ 21-day ultimatum that ended yesterday, he said, “Labour leaders are very patriotic Nigerians and we want to believe correctly that nobody will want to cause a strike.
“It’s not in the interest of the workers; it’s not in the interest of anybody because this government is very determined to ensure a good standard of living for Nigerians and to create prosperity for all.
“It’s not something that can be done overnight. This government came into being on May 29 and we have a tenure of four years. So, it will be inappropriate for us to begin to judge based on the few months we have spent in the office.”
The organised labour had on September 1 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government over the delay in sharing palliatives, saying it might be compelled to declare an indefinite labour action if its demands were not met.
It said all is set for a total shutdown of the economy, which would start at the expiration of the ultimatum on Friday.
Among other demands, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are asking for wage awards, implementation of palliatives, tax exemptions and allowances for the public sector workers and a review of the minimum wage.
Though the Federal Government committed to restructuring the framework for engagement with organised labour on palliatives, the eight-week timeframe set for the conclusion of the process expired in August with no action.
Work Begins On Eleme-Onne Road As FG Releases N33bn
Minister of Works, Senator David Umahi, has said that the Federal Government has committed N33billion to a giant construction company, RCC, to commence work on the Eleme-Onne section of the East-West Road in Rivers State.
Umahi, revealed this information during his inspection of the project and various other Federal Government initiatives within the state, yesterday.
Speaking from the Eleme-Onne road construction site, Umahi pointed out that President Bola Tinubu had tasked him with a working visit to evaluate the ongoing work.
He pointed out that this project gained significance after the president’s discussions with Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike.
“This road from Eleme to Onne Port, the Rivers State people led by Governor Siminalayi Fubara and former governor Nyesom Wike led delegation to come and see the president.
“The president directed that I should immediately come here and ensure that work has started.
“The President has released N33billion for this project to RCC for them to start,” he said.
Justice Mary Odili Institute Trains Magistrates In Rivers
The Justice Mary Odili Institute has organised a training programme for the newly appointed magistrates in the Rivers State Judiciary for effective service delivery and enhanced performance.
The Institute was established by the State government in conjunction with the state Judiciary for the training and capacity-building of Judiciary workers across the state.
Speaking while declaring open the two-day capacity-building workshop /training with the theme “The Magistrates: Navigating The Path Of Justice,”the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi charged the newly appointed magistrates of Rivers State Judiciary to brace up to the challenges of their responsibilities and ensure that justice was served for all irrespective of their societal status .
He urged them to abide by the principles and doctrines of impartiality in law, stressing that respect for the law forms the bedrock on which the judicial system stands.
He stressed on the importance of training and capacity-building in job performance and urged them to take the two-day training seriously in order to deliver on their mandates.
Amadi described the roles performed by the magistrates in the administration of justice as pivotal and urged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their duties.
The CJ urged them to be committed to justice delivery and assured them that the newly built Magistrates Court would be put to use by next month.
The number one State Judicial officer further expressed optimism that the workshop would expose the newly appointed magistrates to divers perspectives and innovative approaches that would enhance their job delivery .
Earlier in her opening speech, the Administrator of Justice Mary Odili Judicial Institute, Justice Anwuri Ken-Chikwere emphasized the need to regularly train and empower the new magistrates on the rules of legal practice, even as she encouraged them to be committed to their job.
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