By Codratus Godson
Senator Magnus Abe who is believed to be in deep political romance with the state governor, Nyesom Wike, has publicly sent what is regarding as skating advice to his friend, urging him to apply wisdom in dealing with the federal government. The advice came at a time the governor sent some aggressive remarks to the centre in a televised press briefing last Friday.
Abe’s former political ally, Dr Dakuku Peterside, immediate past Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), also delivered his own biting advice. Many feel both opponent feel raw about Gov Wike approach in conveying his feelings to the FG on the fight against corona virus.
Former representative of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has appealed to Gov Nyesom Wike to explore back-channel lines of communication to settle political scores with the FG instead of being confrontational.
Abe made the appeal in a statement posted on his Facebook where he stated that his decision to passionately make the appeal is in the interest of Rivers people as the confrontational approach of the state government will only open the flood gates for conflict entrepreneurs who will use the opportunity of the conflict to further their political and economic nest, to the detriment of the state.
The senator said the conflict will not in any way help the majority of Rivers people in the fight against the coronavirus as it is not the time to settle issues of supremacy between elected and unelected functionaries of government.
Abe said: “Wisdom is not weakness, it is one thing to have a political dispute with an individual whose attitude and conduct, a lot of people may not approve of, but it is a different matter for sub-national entity like Rivers State to challenge the sovereignty of Nigeria at this time when we should all be working together to combat an unseen but deadly enemy.
After all, the constitution gives power to both the elected and unelected officials of government and the Supreme Court of Nigeria is there, which has the ultimate power to decide issues in the country. They are made up of unelected officials”.
Even sovereign nations cannot win this war alone, we must all work together, to act otherwise at this time will have grave consequences for our dear state.
I also wish to appeal to the Federal Government on behalf of the people of Rivers State to keep open the opportunity of dialogue and cooperation with all states particularly Rivers State because of its population and strategic importance to our economy. Nigeria cannot afford to be distracted by politics at this time.
Wike must not destroy legacies of our forefathers ~RIVLEAF
The Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation (RIVLEAF) has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to urgently watch his utterances and not destroy the vision of the founding fathers of the state.
The governor’s acts are unbecoming of a public office holder, who should shape the hopes and aspirations of Rivers people.
RIVLEAF’s admonition comes against the background of a broadcast by Wike today, where the Rivers governor threw caution to the wind and made statements undeserving of the office he occupies.
RIVLEAF tasks the governor to devise new ways of speaking on matters of state and national importance while insisting that the utterances of the governor were doing incalculable damage to the people and image of the state.
RIVLEAF believes Governor Wike should show a reasonable sense of responsibility when addressing the state as there are better ways of passing messages across without sounding boastful and vengeful.
Time and time again, Governor Wike speaks as if he has conquered the state; as if he is the owner, creator, and benefactor of the state; he speaks as though he inherited the state from his father.
Rivers’ people are not conquered and will never be conquered by a civilian dictator. Rivers people contributed sweat, grit, and industry to bring the state to where it is and one man will not destroy it in eight years.
There are many more decent ways of making statements without sounding combative and desperate. Nobody is flexing muscles with him and he should know that. The situation in the country calls for measured responses and decency.
It is during occasions like this that you know those who are statesmen, those who will not play politics with delicate situations and who weigh their words rather complicating things.
RIVLEAF charges the governor to stop threatening those living and doing business in the state but seek ways of mutual respect in bringing about greater development.
It looks as though Governor Wike is targeting the oil and gas industry with the latest arrest of workers of ExxonMobil. This is unnecessary and capable of having an international backlash on Nigeria.
The governor himself during his state broadcast exempted oil workers from the lockdown, one would have expected the governor to meet with the oil majors and fashion out mutual ways of ensuring compliance with the state’s directive.
While the governor reserves the right to protect the state, he should do so in cooperation with various agencies of the federal government and corporate bodies, rather than threatening them all the time.