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The complete exclusion of other regions in the country from key appointments and absence of social justice has been alleged to be among the factors that’s causing unrest and violence in the country.
This was the position of the River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who also argued that the Federal Government, as presently constituted, had failed to provide responsible government, which he said, necessitated sustainable governance.
Governor Wike made this known during a lecture titled: Governance, Security and Sustainable Development In Africa, Nexus, Challenges And Prospects: Rivers State As Metaphor, at the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Abuja.
Participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC 14), who are rounding off their studies at the NISS, prior to the award of fellow of security institute (fsi), hailed and cheered Wike for his insight and courage in distilling national issues, during the lecture.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari administration cannot be said to be a responsive government that will provide all these, because the government of the day gives one excuse or the other for it failures.
“It is terrible. So, in the absence of a responsive government, there cannot be environmental sustainability because, it requires good governance.
“When the President said over 90 per cent will go to only those who voted for him, that alone can create crisis. That is not the hallmark of good governance. I don’t expect a President of a country to say that he will only recognise those who voted for him. That is not democracy,” he stated.
The Rivers State governor argued that social justice and equity was fundamental to achieving peace, security and sustainable development, which only good governance could achieve.
He lamented that poor governance at the centre and bad leadership model had continued to characterise Africa’s political, socio-economic and security landscapes.
While insisting that zoning of political position at the state and federal levels represented equity, and ensured peace in any clime, Wike added, “But the moment anyone begins to think that the position he occupies is exclusive to him, there will be crisis, which ultimately leads to insecurity.
The Governor cited the instance when the Igbo were complaining against marginalisation in appointments into key positions in the country’s security agencies, saying that with insecurity, which had assumed frightening dimension, Nigeria could not achieve sustainable development.
Insisting that there was nothing wrong in listening to the Igbo, he said: “What is wrong in sitting back and say, we are all one and we want this country to be together for us to achieve sustainable development?
“Because if the Igbo and other sensitive parts of the country like the Niger Delta region are alienated from the core of the country’s political and socio-economic considerations, they will begin to believe that they do not belong to the system.”
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