Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned that with the growing corruption and insecurity in Nigeria, the hopelessness faced by Nigerians may not end soon.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 62nd independence anniversary of Nigeria at the Sharks Football Stadium in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike said since the return of democracy in 1999, the country had continued to witness deliberate constitutional distortions, institutional weaknesses, and widespread corruption that had prevented Nigerians from enjoying a robust democratic practice.
He maintained that “This is not to say that Nigeria has not made any progress as a nation. Certainly, we have achieved some visible developmental strides and economic progress as Africa’s largest economy. The fact that we have remained together despite the recurrent conflicts and crisis of confidence is also worth celebrating as an achievement.”
He, however, noted that “But, after 62 years, Nigeria deserves more than what it has achieved and Nigerians likewise deserve much more than what their leaders have delivered to them with the country’s enormous natural and human resources.”
According to him, “Life is sacrosanct, but the present Federal Government has failed in the most basic duty to the nation to protect the lives and property of its citizens. Under their watch, infrastructure across all sectors, including roads, education, and healthcare, has collapsed. Tertiary education has remained comatose for over seven months, and with no employment opportunities, the Federal Government continues to toy with the future of the youths.”