Independence Anniversary: Nothing to boast of in Nigeria as it clocks 61, says Wike – Nexus News

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has announced that there is nothing for Nigerians to celebrate, as the country clocks its 61st independence anniversary on Friday, October 1, 2021.

He stated that it was regrettable that 61 years after the nation’s freedom, it was still wrestling with leadership challenges that had resulted in hatred, mediocrity, as well as promoted ethnicity and religious intolerance among Nigerians.

Wike also criticized the National Assembly, which he noted, had continued to accede to anything the Presidency sent to the legislature not considering the consequences on Nigerians.

He also blamed the judiciary for succumbing to intimidation, as judges had deserted their duties out of trepidation and wondered the fate of Nigerians under such hardship and tyrannical atmosphere.

Yesterday, the governor spoke at the Interdenominational Church Service organised to celebrate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt.

He emphasized that due to leadership failure, the country has been submerged in insecurity to the extent that everyone now seeks God’s intervention, because man’s leadership has failed the country.

Wike pointed out that the only thing Nigerians could celebrate would be the existence of Nigeria, stating that: “At 61, Nigeria is in disarray, full of enmity, divisions, hatred and ethnicity.

“At 61, Nigeria is far removed from being a country that can compete favourably with other countries of the world, given its abundant resources. We cannot do the right things. At a time when other countries are talking about transparent elections, we are talking about how to rig elections in 2023, as can be seen in the rejection of electronic transmission of results,” Wike said.

Depicting the country’s legislature as ‘incapable of thinking’, Wike damned the Ninth National Assembly for its penchant for approving anything passed to it from the executive, noting that the country would lose nothing by conducting free and fair elections.

“The legislature approves anything brought to it from the presidency, especially on borrowing. The lawmakers can’t even ask questions about the money we are borrowing and where they are being applied.

“The judiciary and the courts have been intimidated. The judges have abandoned their responsibilities out of fear and because of the fear of being summoned at night, they don’t say anything, even when they see something wrong,” he added.

Wike also faulted the nation’s calamity on Nigerians, who have refused to say and do the right things, but rather permitted the wrong things to be perpetrated against them in all areas of national life.

In his sermon, Bishop of Niger Delta North Diocese, Reverend Wisdom Ihunwo, said that only foolish people disregard God and ascribe their successes in life to their personal efforts and ingenuity.

Ihunwo noted such people exist in Nigeria, because they have hearts of corruption, treat humanity with scorn, find joy in doing abominable things and embezzle public funds.

He bewailed that it was baffling that despite having leadership in the country, killings, kidnappings and banditry had continued to the extent that some military officers were killed without effective measures to return Nigeria to the path of stability.

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