RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed sadness that 61 years after independence, Nigeria is still grappling with leadership challenges.
The governor said as a result of this leadership failure, Nigeria needed God now more than at any other point in its history.
Wike said this during the Interdenominational Church Service organised to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, on Sunday.
The governor noted that there was hardly anything for Nigerians to celebrate as the country marks its 61st Independence anniversary, “because its leadership continues to entrench hatred, mediocrity, and promote ethnicity and religion.”
His remarks were contained in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria suffering from leadership failure’ signed by his Media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.
The governor noted that perhaps the only thing Nigerians could boast of celebrating is the existence of the name Nigeria.
Wike said, “We cannot do the right things. Other countries are talking about how their elections will be transparent, we are talking about how we will rig the election in 2023.
“Simple thing; transmit election results electronically to show transparency, that really, the person you’re declaring won the election but we are afraid.
“Where is the legislature? A legislature that you’ll close your eyes, anything they bring, about borrowing, you say borrow. A legislature that cannot say that ‘this money we are borrowing, where is it? Where are you applying? You have no confidence to ask questions.”