The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has on Thursday 17th June, 2021, said that he would never visit the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, over any issue affecting his state. ayokinews.com reports
The governor made this known while reacting to the President’s claim that some state governors ran to the Aso Rock Villa for help over the issue of insecurity in their states. He also noted that the President should have mentioned the names of the said governors rather than keeping it to himself.
Governor Wike further said that President Buhari should tell the people that he can no longer handle the insecurity in the country rather than shifting his sole responsibility to the state Governors.
“Mr President, you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You appoint Inspector General of Police. You appoint the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the commissioners of police, the Director of Department of State Services and other heads of security.
“Which one do we appoint? How can people appointed by Mr. President be under me?”
“It is not only to borrow money for Nigeria that you’re in charge. You must, also, be in charge of other things including security. Who signed order 10? Is it the governors? It is not when things are going bad concerning security, and you say you’re not in charge, and it becomes governors’ responsibility,” he said.
Governor Wike further stated; “Mr. President was short of calling names of those governors who run to Aso Rock when they are supposed to stay in their states to see the needs of their states and people.
“Mr. President should have come out openly and said, ‘my APC governors, stop worrying me. Go back to your states and do your work.’ On that, I support him.
“Thank God, Mr. President knows that I am not one of those that go to visit him over one problem or the other. I, as the governor of Rivers under the PDP, you’ll never find me there.”