Former minister of Education, Prof. Ben Nwabueze has urged Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to take over leadership of the country in order to rescue the nation’s democracy from nepotism.
Nwabueze gave the charge at a public lecture on Monday organised by the state government, to mark the third anniversary of Wike’s administration, where he (Nwabueze) chaired the occasion.
The elder statesman charged Gov Wike to take over governance in the country for his feats in restoring democracy in Rivers.
He said: “Democracy in Nigeria: Still many rivers to cross,” is apt. It is true. I would say one river has been crossed in Rivers state, which is river of dynamic leadership.
“Young people should take over governance of this country, and Wike is one of them. My generation is gone. My generation cannot save this country. Wike, we are charging you, with the energy you have exhibited, to take up the mantle.
“It may not be in 2019, because of zoning arrangement; but, prepare yourself for the future, to save the democracy of this country. We want you to help us save democracy in Nigeria. That is one river to cross.
“We still have rivers of nepotism and sectionalism in this country. This country is being governed by sectionalism. Also, there is river of pervasion in Section 308 of the constitution. It is a coercive section of the constitution, to search the residence of a serving governor. Can the residence of the president be searched?
“Pervasion goes with impunity. Your excellency, we charge you to save the democracy of this country from many rivers. Until these rivers are crossed, we are yet to come out of the hoods,” the former minister noted.