Insurgents lay siege on Nigeria while leaders bicker, says Shema


By Ignatius Chukwu

Insurgents may have been gaining grounds and taking positions that threaten Nigeria while the citizens and their leaders bicker over every single matter. This is this the warning sounded by the former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema, while in Port Harcourt to commission projects.

The ex-governor has thus called on all Nigerians to sink their differences and work together against insurgents who have continued to threaten national peace and unity.

He made the call before inaugurating the reconstructed Chief Ferdinand Alabaraba Crescent and Opobo Crescent in GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday.

Shema who was Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike special guest, said most Nigerians have become preoccupied with their disagreement in the political sphere and seem to have ignored the danger criminal elements posed to national life if they are allowed to have a field day.

“Nigeria must come together in this period of insecurity. We must not give the bandits, the kidnappers, and the Boko Haram the opportunity to have a field day while Nigerians are fighting and arguing with each other.

“We must come together and join hands together for the purpose of Nigeria and Nigerians. My word of caution here is that we cannot allow criminal elements to overtake our national life.

“So, I am calling on all stakeholders across the nation to join hands together to end this threat to our national well-being.”

The former Katsina State Governor noted the huge investment the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has made in ensuring food security in the State.

He said focusing on agriculture and using it to engage the youths is another milestone of success secured in the development of Rivers State and its people.

On his part, Gov Wike said his administration is making its modest contribution towards restoring the Garden City status of Port Harcourt.

He noted that the support he has continued to enjoy from leaders in the State has enabled his team to have such success record in service to the state.

“Let me say clearly that in the course of our campaigns, we did say that we will bring back Port Harcourt to what it used to be.

According to him, without the strategic sitting of the development projects, the governor, as a farsighted leader, is also expanding the city into other local government areas to achieve holistic development of the state, it’s economy and the people.