Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has stressed the need for President Buhari to listen to the wish of Nigerians.
The Rivers state Governor who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday November 26, two days after the federal government met with leaders of the South-South region who demanded for restructuring of Nigeria in line with the principle of true federalism, stated that Buhari will be putting the country on fire if he doesn’t listen to the people.
“We must understand in this country that political leadership is very key. Having the political will to implement what the people want is very serious.
“I don’t want to talk about the issue of distrust or no trust in government. People have raised such issues, that they don’t think that nothing will come out of all this dialogue. I don’t agree with that. I believe that if the president does not do, given the opportunities he has now, then, he will be putting Nigeria on fire.”
Wike also talked about the over-politicisation of governance in the South-South region and why Nigeria should implement state policing structures.
Reacting to Omo-Agege’s criticism of the bloc’s governors for not consulting with federal representatives from the region before coming up with their demands, the Governor said;
“The problem is that we play politics in everything.
“Unfortunately, you have the South-South zone, where you have PDP governance. It is unfortunate. Now, as I speak to you, I have a Minister . . . he has never one day said ‘what do we do for the state, look what I’m thinking’.
“So that opportunity has not been there. We are playing politics, saying these Governors are not members of my party, and so I don’t need to talk to them. And that’s the problem we have always had.
“And we have said, that is not correct, politics have come and gone, we are talking about governance, what affects the people of Niger-Delta. When the time for politics comes, then everybody will go your own way.”