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Wike should resign or be sacked – Arewa leader tells Tinubu

 Wike should resign or be sacked – Arewa leader tells Tinu

Amid rising political tussle between Governor Fubara and FCT Minister Wike, President Bola Tinubu has received a plea from an Arewa leader, Musa Saidu imploring Wike to resign.

Also, Saidu said Tinubu can intervene by sacking Nyesom Wike as the FCT minister to prevent the emerging political crisis in Rivers State. 

Further, Saidu, an Arewa leader in the south, made the plea during an interview with Vanguard.

He added  that any unrest in the state might dissuade investors, causing a rippling effect across the Niger Delta area.

According to Saidu, such a crisis would not only discourage investors from entering the country but would also undermine the federal government's efforts to attract investments, especially given the importance of the Niger Delta's oil-based economy in the overall economic landscape of the country.

“Rivers state is the energy corridor of Nigeria and spreads to the Gulf of Guinea through the Bonny River. It must be protected by the federal government from political crisis.

“The President should call his Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, to order. Since he started fighting Governor Sim Fubara, the state has had tension. People are afraid of what will happen in Rivers State. The crisis in Rivers State will be bigger than what some think it will be if the current situation is allowed to get out of hand.

“There is a massive underground build-up against Sim Fubara. The Ijaws will not surrender to this. We don’t want a crisis in Rivers State. There is peace in Bayelsa, and we want that peace in Rivers State. If there is a crisis in Rivers state, it will be disruptive to the economy of the country because the crisis will spread across Niger Delta.”

Saidu emphasised that the Ijaw people of Rivers State have patiently waited for the gubernatorial seat for twenty-four years. Given this historical backdrop, he warned that any attempt to remove them from the government residence when it is truly their turn will be met with resistance.

“It took Ijaws 24 years after to get the governor in Rivers state, and somebody is plotting to remove him. I don’t see how it will work.”

Saidu requested President Tinubu to demonstrate, via his actions, that he is not involved in Rivers State's troubled political situation.

He proposed that Tinubu does this by either asking his Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to cease all activities that contribute to the problem or by considering the dismissal of the minister from his office.

“President Tinubu should convince Nigerians that he has no hand in the crisis in the political crisis in Rivers state by either calling his Minister of FCT to order and if he fails to comply, sack him or ask him to resign. Nigeria needs the peace in Rivers State.

“The federal government should not allow Abuja to be the ground to plot crisis for Rivers state. People are being invited to Abuja to hold meetings all about Governor Sim Fubara. I am in Abuja as I am talking to you.

“This is happening at a time when the Federal government is inviting investors to come to the country. I don’t think any serious investor will come when there is a crisis in Rivers State and the Niger Delta. The investors’ confidence in the federal government is building should not be chattered.

“The peace that took time to be built in Rivers state should be sustained. There is tension in Rivers State, and it can lead to anything. You can’t push out a governor easily. We all know this. The Ijaws have taken it as their battle."

Saidu emphasised the need for preventative actions in Rivers State, urging that Wike resign or be fired to avert a future catastrophe.

He emphasised the importance of not exacerbating the problems in Nigeria caused by the Fubara situation.

Saidu also advised President Tinubu to be cautious, particularly in light of Wike's ambitions for the president through a rival political party, which adds another layer of complication to the political dynamics.

“The Minister should resign from office or be sacked. If the federal government allows Abuja to be the base to plot crisis for Rivers state, the effect may rub on the system.

“Let this Fubara issue not bring another problem in Nigeria. Wike should resign or be sacked.

“I am telling this to Mr President, Senate President, NSA. What I am seeing will consume the Niger Delta.

“President Tinubu should know that Wike aspired for the presidency in another party, so he has to be careful. Hope this is not a ploy to destroy Tinubu’s government to make way for another candidate by the next election.“

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