- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state says Nigeria needs God more now than any time in its history as a nation
- The governor made the comment at a church service to mark Nigeria's 61st Independence Anniversary
- According to the governor, the country still contends with bad decisions made by leaders in various levels
Wike made the comment at an Interdenominational Church Service in commemoration of Nigeria's 61st Independence Anniversary at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, on Sunday, September 26.
Vanguard newspaper quoted the governor as saying it is regrettable that at 61, Nigeria still grapples with leadership failure.
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‘‘This is the time Nigeria needs God more. The country is gone. Insecurity everywhere. Everyone needs to say, God, we need you because man’s leadership has failed this country.”
The governor wondered what has become of the nation’s legislature that continues to approve any wish of the presidency, unfeeling about the consequences.
He also decried the national judiciary for easily being submissive to intimidation as judges, he perceived, have abandoned responsibilities out of fear, wondering the fate of Nigerians under such a seeming tyrannical atmosphere.
He also blamed the nation’s woes on a docile follower-ship and how ascendancy to leadership is no longer driven by merit but by ethnic and religious biases.
Bishop of the Diocese of Niger Delta North, Rt. Rev. Wisdom Ihunwo, in the Independence Anniversary sermon, declared God’s judgement upon sponsors of killings and kidnapping that have put Nigeria in its current pitiable state.
Sanusi tells Nigerians to stop cursing their leaders
Meanwhile, Nigerians have been advised to quit casting aspersions on their leaders due to the hardship in the country.
The advice was given by the former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Lamido Sanusi in Sokoto state.
Sanusi was speaking in the northwest state recently in his capacity as the leader of the Tijjaniyya Movement in Nigeria.
Third Force emerges ahead of 2023
Meanwhile, some prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project, RNP ahead of the 2023 polls.
The founders of RNP say they launched the political platform to give Nigerians an alternative to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state; Ahmed Abdulfatai, former presidential candidate, Professor Pat Utomi, former minister of education; Professor Tunde Adeniran and former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke among others.