Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to show Nigerians that he is willing to comply with people’s requests.
The governor said the president will set the country on fire by failing to implement some of the requests expressed by leaders during recent discussions with the presidential delegation headed by the president’s chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari.
PUNCH had reported that Gambari brought federal ministers and legislators to meetings with leaders of the six geopolitical zones as a way to address concerns raised after the #EndSARS protests.
Gambari and the presidential delegation met with governors and leaders of the South-South geopolitical zone in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, on Tuesday.
At the meeting, South-South leaders, including the Governor of Rivers State, demanded the restructuring of the country in line with the principle of true federalism, saying it will guarantee peace, security and stability in the country.
Giving an update on Thursday morning’s meeting, Wike said the president still has time to implement the will of the people and leave a legacy for himself.
The governor spoke today on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program monitored by The PUNCH.
He said, “I am not pessimistic. I don’t think that because you didn’t do what you agreed to do yesterday, therefore, you won’t do what you agreed to do today. Even if he (Buhari) has not done what he told Nigerians he would do, he can say, look, I promised Nigerians yesterday, I did not do that and that is affecting my integrity and therefore for people who know me, will implement what I have said.
“People have raised the problem that they don’t think anything will come out of the dialogues. I do not agree with them. I think if the president doesn’t, given the opportunity he has now, he will set Nigeria on fire. “
Continuing, Wike said that the political will to implement what the people want is key in governance.
According to him, the president should show leadership by listening to Nigerians and implementing people’s requests.
“He may not necessarily implement everything that the people might want, but let the people see the concrete evidence that under President Buhari he has been able to implement one, two, three, four demands of the people.
“If he (Buhari) doesn’t take this opportunity now to implement some of these requests, I don’t think it’s very good for Nigerians and their legacy,” the governor added.