- Governor Nyesom Wike surprised political watchers recently by praising President Muhammadu Buhari
- Wike, a morbid critic of the president, went ahead to invite the president to Rivers state
- Femi Adesina, presidential media aide, said Wike's comments have vindicated supporters of the president
Femi Adesina, presidential media aide, has said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has vindicated supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adesina made the comment he wrote on Thursday, July 2 regarding the invitation extended to Buhari by Wike.
Wike had in a newspaper advert, invited to Buhari to visit Rivers while thanking the president for releasing the sum of N78.9 billion to the state.
A couple of weeks back, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the refund of N148 billion to five states in the country for the repair of federal roads.
They included Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Ondo and Osun. Rivers got the highest share.
The Wike we knew was either usually crying wolf where there was none, alleging that the federal government wanted to kill him, or claiming that he was not answerable to the central government at Abuja in any way, or even pontificating that the president and his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), had failed the country in diverse ways, Adesina wrote in the piece.
He continued: “If not for the maturity, and the avuncular attitude of President Buhari to all state governors, it would have been easy for one to conclude that he and Wike were enemies. Forsworn ones.
“I remember some people asking me why the president should give such money to a governor who would call him names the next day. But that was where Wike surprised everybody. Last Monday, he issued newspaper advertisements with the title, ‘Thank You Our Dear President.’
“On seeing the above, I am sure millions of people must have cleaned their eyes, wondering if they were reading correctly.”
Adesina said he is not convinced that Wike's new stance is because of the money released to Rivers, stressing that the governor had been playing a curious kind of politics all along, “and now, fairness and justice have touched him in a positive way.”
“There are millions upon millions of us round the country, who love President Buhari, and believe in him. We are called Buharists, and we have no apologies.
“They abuse us, deride and malign us, at times, they even threaten us. But we remain who and what we are: Buharists. Come rain or shine.
“I am glad Governor Wike has now seen what we had seen long ago, some of us as far back as 1983. And he has realized that it was time to stop the kind of politics he had played all the while,” Adesina said.
Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has again reiterated that the Akwa Ibom state government has not received any financial assistance from the federal government in the fight against COVID-19.
The governor made this known during a routine media chat to update citizens on efforts of the state government in tackling the COVID-19 scourge.
According to him, it was important to clear the misconception that the state was being supported financially by federal government in this direction.
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