Leadership is about Everybody -- Gov. Wike

Leadership is about Everybody -- Gov. Wike

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says his team is more interested in a better Nigeria, and are consulting widely with those who mean well for the country.

The Governor said this when he interacted with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area, shortly on arrival from London on Friday, 26th August, 2022.

In the company of the Rivers State governor were the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.

Governor Wike, who confirmed their meetings with Peoples Democratic Party, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi and former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo in London, explained that topmost on the agenda is how to make Nigeria better than what it currently is.

The Rivers State governor noted that all is not well with Nigeria and they are seeking remedies that will restore enduring hope in Nigeria.

“I can confirm that this is the first time as a team that we are meeting with presidential candidates. We met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC and we met with our leader, former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.

“We met the presidential candidate of Labour Party. We also met with our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, he stated.

He noted that Whatever they talked about, is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.
"It is not parochial and tied to one person or group of persons, he noted.
He said they believe that what is going on will be for the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day.

Governor Wike decried the situation where standard, training and competence have always been traded for mediocrity.

He further said leadership should not be about one individual and the interest of his family, but about the collective interest of everybody and assured that
consultations was still ongoing to get the best of Nigeria for Nigerians.

“Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is about everybody.

Governor Wike Also wondered why religion and ethnicity are used as the tenable identity to describe Nigerians when competence is required.

“The only identity we have in this country is religiony and ethnicity, nothing more. It’s either, I’m a Christian or I’m a Moslem, I’m a Fulani or I’m an Igbo.
Nigeria, he explained cannot move forward except we all begin to think of us as one country.

He however stated that with their consultation, all these will be a thing of the past and no amount of intimidation or blackmail will deter them.

In his response, the leader of the team and Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom noted that they have met with renown persons in the last few days because of their belief that Nigeria is in distress and required concerted effort to rescue it.

He stated that they had fruitful talks with those they had met and it was beyond partisan politics, because well meaning Nigerians need to work together in ensuring that Nigeria survives.

“For us, we are looking at the larger picture. Nigeria today is in distress. It is about what can we do to make sure Nigeria and Nigerians survives.

Idemudia Franca

Port Harcourt.