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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says the baffling state of
insecurity and the unchallenged killings of citizens by outlaws in parts
of the country is a clear manifestation of bad leadership.

He said it is now obvious to those who threw caution to the wind to
foist such bad leadership on the people, that Nigeria has collapsed.

Governor Wike made the assertion when he had an interactive session with
traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Andoni nationality
at Government House,  Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

According to Governor Wike, instead of leaders to be bold to speak
against the ills in the land and sincerely pursue solutions to them,
they indulge in sycophancy.

“Nigeria has totally collapsed. Look at, today, what happened in
Nasarawa and Benue States, how they slaughtered people on the road. See
what is happening in Niger State and the APC Governor there is crying,
saying he has been talking to the Federal Government  but nobody has
listened to him. And that Boko Haram has come to take over the state,
which is closest to Abuja.”

The governor  recalled  that when he raised  alarm of the looming danger
of insecurity it was politicised, some persons in the opposition
dismissed it as mere politics. But, ironically states controlled by the
All Progressives Congress (APC) are now the worst hit.

“Look at Kaduna and Imo States, there is insecurity everywhere. The only
anger I have with Imo State Governor is this; I don’t know how people
politicise things.”

The governor castigated APC governors for claiming their party has
solved the problems of hunger,  unemployment, whereas they could barely
stay in their State to provide governance for those who elected them.

“Nigeria has a lot of problems and they keep running to the villa
everyday to disturb Mr.  President, for him to see their faces, pose for
photograph and will  not allow him to work.

“You know you have crisis at your place,  you can’t stay to solve it,
but everyday you go to see Mr. President so that the world will know
that you’re close to him.”

Governor Wike assured that the Andoni axis of the Ogoni-Opobo-Andoni
Unity Road project will be completed by August 2021 because the
contractor has been so directed.

He also challenged the different levels of leadership in Andoni to
priorise development of the entire area and work together to actualise

“The Opobo axis of the road will be ready by May 2021. I’ve told the
contractor that there will be no excuse for the Andoni axis of the unity
road project not to be completed before August or September 2021. I
know, we have paid over 90 per cent.

The governor charged the delegation to collectively work with the State
government to tackle the issue of insecurity in Andoni.

“We cannot achieve it if you do not work with us. Traditional rulers,
chairman of council, and opinion leaders, you must work with us by
giving us information that will help the security agencies to address
the security challenge.”

Speaking on behalf of the delegation,  the Okan Ama of Ikuru Town, King
Aaron Ikuru said they were in Government House, to seek intervention of
the State government in the security challenges in Andoni.

“We recognise and acknowledge your efforts in the timely deployment
joint Taskforce to Unyeada and Asarama axis in 2020 to quell the rage
caused by some youths then.

“Recently,  the deployment of the newly reformed C. 4.i security outfits
to Ngo Town,  our Local Government Headquarters. These interventions
brought relative peace.

“These efforts put in by the Traditional Rulers,  Chiefs and leaders of
Andoni in 2020 on this matter yielded no result and the cultists are
taking advantage of this to inflict more harms on our people.”

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