IT’S BEEN 59 YEARS OF WASTED DREAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES” GOV. WIKE
By Igwebuike Mario
The Executive Governor of Rivers State,Chief Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the 59 years of Nigeria’s independence as a period of wasted dreams, bungled opportunities and deferred hopes.
He said several years of bad governance, endemic corruption, and mismanagement of the nation’s resources have ruined its economy and buffeted it with huge foreign and local debts.
The governor made this statement while addressing Rivers people during the 59th independence anniversary at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Wike said much as the Federal Government may pretend, it was evident that things were spiraling out of control, stressing that Nigerians were disunited, amid mutual mistrust, intolerance, hatred, while violence had continued to corrode the fragile walls that bound the nation.
He argued that no one could truly see a way forward due to failed policies and lack of vision at the Federal level, noting that it has been 59 years of significant strides in some quarters, but laced with woeful failure in some others.
Nevertheless, he said Nigerians have reasons to celebrate every October 1 because they would be a free and sovereign nation forever, and that the national unity, social cohesion, good governance and improved standards of living motivated Nigerians to seek independence.
Although the country’s economic situation may be bad, he said, but nation-building remains a work in progress in the efforts to move the country to its desired destination.
Wike said the day offered the nation another opportunity to keep hope alive and remain united by a common desire to build a better, fair and peaceful Nigeria with great economic opportunities, security and improved well-being for all.
“The nation should embrace a political and economic system that recognizes the sovereignty of the component units over their natural resources and a credible electoral system capable of producing the right leadership culture,” he stressed.