My only regret is not having opportunity to tell bandits ‘enough is enough’ – Wike

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, says if he has the opportunity, he will successfully tackle banditry.


Wike said this on Tuesday at the inauguration of the dualised Ogbunuabali-Eastern bypass road in Rivers.


The road was inaugurated by Aliyu Wamakko, former governor of Sokoto, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Wike said Nigeria’s problems can be effectively addressed if leaders are truly committed to serving the people, adding that his resolve to deliver effective governance would not be in doubt even if was not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


 “Leadership is not about party, leadership is about the individual. Party is only a vehicle to actualise your ambition, to be able to tell your people ‘I have this capacity; I have this quality to render services to you’,” he said.


“If you take me away today from PDP to another party, I will still perform. So, it is not because I’m in PDP that I’m performing. It is because I have that passion for my people. It is because I have the commitment to serve my people.


“Take me to YPP and allow me to become whatever I will become there, I will perform. Take me to any party, I will perform. So, it is not the party that makes you to perform.


 “I challenge everybody. The problem we have in this country today is that we don’t have people who have that passion, who want to serve their people.


“The only regret I have is that I don’t have the opportunity to tell bandits ‘enough is enough’. If I have the opportunity, the bandits know their time will be gone. It’s unfortunate I don’t have it.


“But this one I have, I will use it and serve my people so that they will be happy and know that they deserve the best. ”


Wike’s remarks come amid increasing attacks related to banditry and insurgency across the country.


The Rivers governor, who had contested the PDP presidential ticket and lost, was also said to be a choice candidate for vice-presidential ticket.


However, Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential flagbearer, chose Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta governor, as his running mate.


Meanwhile, there have been speculations that the Rivers governor may not support Abubakar following his loss of the party’s presidential and vice-presidential tickets.


Although there have been fence-mending meetings towards resolving the friction in the party, Wike’s recent comments seem to indicate that the crisis is far from over.


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