Wike’s Powerful Independence Day Speech.
LET’S SALVAGE OUR SINKING NATION, GOVERNOR WIKE URGES NIGERIANS
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the nation is sinking irreversibly down the abyss, stressing that only a united front will salvage the country and set it on the path of growth.
The governor regretted that either by commission or omission the Federal Government has dragged the country into its worst economic crisis where Nigerians find it difficult to feed.
In his special independence address during the 56thIndependence Celebration at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt on Saturday, lamented that ordinary Nigerians are dying daily from ailments that are ordinarily curable.
The governor declared: “Just look at the situation of our country at this material time. Never in history has the seeds of disunity, distrust, hatred; intolerance, violence, and terrorism proliferated in our country than now, not even in the years of the civil war.
“ By acts of omission or commission, the federal government has pushed the nation into its worst economic nightmare. With inflation on the loose, poverty is increasing as ordinary Nigerians are finding it difficult to have one decent meal in a day. Families are loosing loved ones to curable ailments simply because they can no longer afford necessary medications to sustain their health and vitality.
“Worse still, just as our collective security is being threatened by the activities of motley terrorist groups, such as the Boko Haram insurgents and Fulani herdsmen, most Nigerians are increasingly becoming disillusioned with the country’s failing national institutions, for their inability to mirror the nation’s character and values.”
He added: “ It looks as if the country is sinking irreversibly into the abyss, but I this is what happens when a country is economically weak and dependent. The need therefore, for all of us to work together with the three levels of Government, to deliver real and sustainable economic independence to our country and our people remains the greatest challenge before all of us.”
Governor Wike said that the earlier the thorny issues affecting the nation are addressed, the better for the development of the country.
He noted that the people of Rivers State are proud of their contributions to the development and economic growth of Nigeria, pointing out that they deserve to be rewarded according to their inputs to the sustenance of the country.
“As Rivers people we are proud of our contributions to the unity and progress of the Nigerian nation. We remain committed to preserving the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria. All that we ask in return for our loyalty and commitment is justice, mutual respect and just recompenses for our contributions and sacrifices to the economic and social wellbeing of the country”, Governor Wike said.
He explained that the Rivers State Government through policies and programmes has empowered the people and improved their living condition.
Governor Wike said: “As a deliberate social policy, we concentrated more resources to improve physical and socio-economic infrastructure in the State. Accordingly, apart from several major roads that we have already completed and commissioned, work on all ongoing road projects spread is progressing very well”.
He pointed out that projects in the area of infrastructure, health and education have improved the living conditions of the people of Rivers State.
The 56th Independence Anniversary witnessed March pass by the police, paramilitary voluntary organisations and schools.
Governor Wike also released the white pigeons signifying peace.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
1st October, 2016.