Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has reminded President Buhari of the reason why he was elected by Nigerians.
At the inauguration of projects completed by his administration in Etche Local Government Area of the state, Wike advised the president against shifting his responsibilities to state governors under any guise.
A statement made available by his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, to newsmen reads in part;
“Mr President, you’re the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You appoint Inspector General of Police (IG), you appoint the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Director of Department of State Service (DSS) and other heads of security. Which one do we appoint? How can people appointed by Mr. President be under me?
It is not only to borrow money for Nigeria that you’re in charge. You must also be in charge in other things including security. Who signed order 10? Is it the governors? It is not when things are going bad concerning security, and you say you’re not in charge, and it becomes governors’ responsibility.
Mr President should have come out openly and said, my APC governors, stop worrying me, go back to your states and do your work. On that, I support him.
Thank God, Mr President knows that I am not one of those that go to visit him over one problem or the other. I, as the governor of Rivers under PDP, you’ll never find me there.”
The Rivers state Governor has at various times within the last six years been at loggerheads with heads of various security agencies within the state, accusing them of bias.