By Femi Adesina
It got here like a bolt out of the blue early this week, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, issued an commercial, which went in a very completely different course in comparison with what he had at all times stated of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Wike we knew was both often crying wolf the place there was none, alleging that the Federal Authorities wished to kill him, or claiming that he was not answerable to the central authorities at Abuja in any manner, and even pontificating that the President and his political social gathering, the All Progressives Congress (APC), had failed the nation in numerous methods.
If not for the maturity, and the avuncular angle of President Buhari to all state governors, it could have been simple for one to conclude that he and Wike had been enemies. Forsworn ones.
There was additionally the then Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, who had fashioned a tag crew with Wike within the anti-Buhari tendency. The President might have handled them in some ways, both overtly or covertly, however he allow them to be. He was a father able to tolerate his many kids, regardless of their differing idiosyncrasies, propensities and predilections.
A few weeks again, the Federal Govt Council (FEC), of which President Buhari is the Chairman, had authorized the refund of N148 billion to 5 states within the nation for restore of Federal roads. They included Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Ondo and Osun.
Of the 5 states, solely Ondo and Osun belong to the APC. The opposite three are of the opposition Folks’s Democratic Occasion (PDP). Rivers, underneath Wike, was notably combative, truculent, if not at instances insulting. However the President didn’t let that affect his determination. He did what was proper, truthful and simply, regardless of social gathering affiliations, or private inclinations.
Rivers State bought the very best determine of N78.9 billion, and I keep in mind some folks asking me why the President ought to give such cash to a governor who would name him names the subsequent day. However that was the place Wike stunned all people. Final Monday, he issued newspaper commercials with the title, ‘Thank You Our Pricey President.’
Pricey President. False? True. Was it the Printer’s Satan? Not so. The Governor boldly appended his signature to the doc.
He thanked the President for approving the refund, noting: “Mr President has by this outstanding and heart-warming gesture proven not solely your love for the Authorities and folks of Rivers State, but additionally, demonstrated expressly that you’re, certainly, a President for each State of the Federation and all Nigerians.”
False? True. Printer’s Satan? Not so. The Governor went on:
“I guarantee you that the Rivers State Authorities is keen and ever able to cooperate and companion with the Federal Authorities to advance the developmental aspirations of Rivers State particularly, and our nation basically.”
On seeing the above, I’m positive thousands and thousands of individuals will need to have cleaned their eyes, questioning in the event that they had been studying accurately. Having glad themselves that there have been no cataracts, they went forward:
“I want to, due to this fact, attraction to Mr President to kindly oblige us a State go to when invited, to see what we have now achieved for the State and our folks with the cash.”
Wike, inviting President Buhari on a State go to. False? True. Printer’s Satan? Not so. He meant each phrase of it, and due to this fact appended his signature.
Many instances, I had responded as spokesman to the President, to wolf cries by the Rivers State Governor. At a degree, I started to disregard such cries, simply as I did to Fayose earlier than him. Mr President merely took all of the wild allegations in his strides, and continued working for the nation, all components of the nation.
In January 2018, there had been vicious killings in some components of the nation. States affected had been; Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Yobe, Rivers and Zamfara. The President determined to embark on sympathy and solidarity visits to the states. All of the Governors had been receptive, besides Wike, who stated the go to was a smokescreen, meant to revive the dying APC in Rivers State.
“Aside from Jesus Christ, we don’t know of anybody who has risen a useless factor. APC is a useless social gathering in Rivers State. Irrespective of the way you quick and pray, it’s going to by no means get up, “ he had stated.
Once more, he declared at one other time, speaking of the President: “We’re the one state that the Federal Authorities refused to pay us our cash used to execute Federal initiatives, as a result of I don’t go to see him within the night time, and I gained’t go. He isn’t my buddy, he isn’t doing properly…”
When about 20 folks had been killed on New 12 months Day 2018, in Omoku space of the state, and the President wished to go to, Wike demurred. He stated there have been killings on a regular basis all around the nation, and it meant the President should go to each State each day.
The circle has turned totally spherical, and Governor Wike is inviting the President to go to. He says he’s “a President for each State of the Federation and all Nigerians.” Fantastic!
Some folks say it’s N78.9 billion that’s working, and the Governor is clearly inebriated by that windfall. However I don’t assume so. Rivers is in no way a poor state. The quantity is good-looking, little doubt, however the state is oil wealthy, and may maintain her personal on the subject of funds. I reasonably select to consider that Governor Wike had been enjoying a curious type of politics all alongside, and now, equity and justice have touched him in a optimistic manner.
“He isn’t my buddy, he isn’t doing properly, ‘ he had stated. Now, he’s calling the person “our pricey President “ asking him to be “assured of our profound esteem.” Wonders, certainly, shall by no means finish.
There are thousands and thousands upon thousands and thousands of us around the nation, who love President Buhari, and consider in him. We’re referred to as Buharists, and we have now no apologies. They abuse us, deride and malign us, at instances, they even threaten us. However we stay who and what we’re: Buharists. Come rain or shine.
Why will we love the President, and unconditionally too. Is he a flawless, good man? Does he run an ideal, flawless authorities? Not precisely so, and I’ve not seen any on this world. However we stand by him, by way of thick and skinny. Like Dr Okolo Oteri Eme, one of many Buhari Amazons posted on Fb earlier this week, “We don’t help him as a result of we like him however as a result of he provides us strong, verifiable causes to like him each day.”
I see a person with strong integrity, honesty, sense of accountability, in a forest of crooked, perverse folks, and also you ask me to not observe him? I’ll observe him from Benin to Beijing, from Cape to Cairo, anyplace, in every single place.
I see a person bringing enduring change to agriculture, to infrastructure; roads, rail, bridges, airports, laying a $2.eight billion gasoline pipeline, cash he might have craftily diverted for himself and for generations unborn, and also you ask me to not consider in him? #We Imagine! Ask Maryam Shetty, one other Buhari Amazon.
I’m glad Governor Wike has now seen what we had seen way back, a few of us way back to 1983. And he has realized that it was time to cease the type of politics he had performed all of the whereas.
My buddy, Lorenz Mba, summed all of it up in a message he despatched to me on Wednesday. “For individuals who continually maligned PMB, and referred to as him all types of unprintable names, N78.9 billion is your reply. You merely gained’t give these you hate N78.9 billion. I see that this gesture has really humbled Nyesom Wike. Politics is all about propaganda. I salute PMB for his present of maturity in all these grandstanding by Southeast and South-south politicians. Go to Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Onitsha-Enugu, 2nd Niger Bridge right this moment. Speak was low-cost. PMB confirmed up. Sufficient of rhetoric, Biko.”
We stated it that President Buhari hates no a part of the nation. He has come to serve, and to not be served. He’s truthful and equitable to all. However they stated our mouths had been smelling, and we must always shut up. Governor Wike has now vindicated us. We’re glad. We Imagine!
*Adesina is Particular Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity