Wike seeks ‘true federalism’ in Nigeria

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers in Port Harcourt on Tuesday called for true federalism in Nigeria to enable each part of the country to develop according to its ability.

The governor made the call when he hosted the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington, his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said in a statement.

He explained that Rivers people wanted true federalism because they wanted a country where all the federating units were allowed to develop according to their resources.

Mr. Wike said that the demand for true federalism meant that Rivers people believed in one united Nigeria, where no section was denied the control of its own resources.

He urged the U.S. Government to set up a visa office in Port Harcourt to cater to the South-South and the Southeast geo-political zones.

“We are clamouring for true federalism, when you talk of true federalism, they think you don’t want to be part of the country.

“We talk about true federalism as practiced in America, a true presidential system where all the federating units will be allowed to enjoy their resources and contribute to the centre,” Mr. Wike said.

He said the people believed that there must be a country called Nigeria in which everyone would work together to achieve unity and progress.

The governor said Rivers people sought to be treated with equity, fairness and justice.

He said that the right framework should be established to ensure that all the states excelled at their own pace.

Mr. Wike said that the visa office would be in the spirit of equity and justice as the Abuja office served the North, while the Lagos office served the South-West.

He said Rivers was safe for investments and promised that his administration would partner investors to enable them to benefit from their investments.

“Forget about the media propaganda, this state is an opposition state, therefore don’t expect them to say it is the best.

‘’But we are the best state, we are doing everything to ensure that investors do profitable business under the ambit of the law,” the governor said.

The ambassador commended Nigerians for their unity and added: “Nigeria will be great and I expect a super power and a super partner.”


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  • njoku

    Wonderful step by governor Nyesom. The Igbo governors will be afraid to be so open about what they believe.

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  • Ben Ikari

    Inasmuch as he’s partially right, meaning he’s right about true federalism and resource ownership, control and management, he’s at the same time ignoring the fact that ceratin groups, Ogonis, for example in current Rivers State feels marginalized thus don’t feel respected and their rights and persons protected therefore don’t wish to continue being part of the state rather are seeking a different state, he’s only saying this because Buhari and his party, APC happens to be in charge of power. Just like Goodluck Jonthan, his precursor will not seek an half-baked National Conference he will be able to implement its recommendations which success will solely depend on oil money to wit more pressure on Niger delta communities and pollution with attendant death, and no other source of revenue so choose the end of his regime when he already ran out of citizens’ favor or confidence and trust due to gross ignorance, incompetence, insecurity and open loot of oil money, and national assets. Wike will not say the same things said above if Jonathan were still in office nor will he say same if any other PDP person was the president of Nigeria. Mind you, I’m neither a PDP nor APC member; I don’t support nor trust any of these parties and leaders nor do I believe in Nigeria. In short, I’m Ogoni, and not a Nigerian. Ogoni is my nationality—my country home, which existed precolonial hence before the 5th century compared to Nigeria created illegally in 1914 against ethnic nations’ wishes by emperial Britain for its economic interest. It’s this same criminal legacy Nigeria has mastered not without conflicts and threats to so-called national unity, stealing at gunpoint the land and oil of peoples such as Ijaws, Ogonis, Ibibios, Itsekiris and others to making rich and developing the WAZOBIANS—Hausa-Fulanis, Yorubas and Igbos while forcing the land and oil owners to die gradually in pollution in addition to invading and destroying the oil communities—arbitrarily and wrongfully arresting and imprisoning, killing/hanging citizens who complain and enlighten or mobilize the population against this oppression and killing—injustice. I speak about and mostly against Nigeria because the illegal British contraption is continuing the colonization of Ogoni from where the rogue British colonialists ended and still have manipulating hands. And, I will not stop until Ogoni gains self-determination within or without Nigeria. Meanwhile, when I think about the mentality of most of these near-failed state’s (Nigeria) so-called governors and other politicians including president (s) I can’t help but wonder what kind of human beings they are. They can’t be honest nor objective in any form or shape—everything is partisan, ethnic, state, regional and organizational or class among other classifications. Their understanding of power and politics, equality and equity, national unity and development largely produce ethnocentrism and incompetence, nepotism, sexism and other forms of acute discrimination and injustice which leads to hypercorruption that is dragging the country into a failed state and possible disintegration.