Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says President Muhammadu Buhari will set the country ‘on fire’ if he ignores the requests voiced out by leaders during the recent discussions with the presidential delegation led by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
The governor gave the warning on Thursday on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, saying the president should prove to Nigerians that he is ready to listen to them.
Wike said, He said, “I am not a pessimist. I don’t believe that because you didn’t do what you agreed to do yesterday, therefore, you will not do what you agree to do today. Even if he (Buhari) has not done what he told Nigerians he would do, he can say, look, I promised Nigerians yesterday, I didn’t do that and that is affecting my integrity and so, for people who know me, I will implement what I have said.
“People have raised the issue that they don’t think anything will come out of the dialogues. I don’t agree with them. I believe that if the President does not do it, given the opportunity he has now, he will be putting Nigeria on fire.
“He may not necessarily implement everything the people may want but let the people see the concrete evidence that under President Buhari, he has been able to implement one, two, three, four demands by the people.
“If he (Buhari) doesn’t take this opportunity now to implement some of these requests, I don’t think it will be very good for Nigerians and for his legacy,”
Prof. Gambari had led ministers and federal lawmakers to meetings with leaders of the six geopolitical zones to address concerns raised by the #EndSARS protests.
Gambari and the presidential delegation had met with governors and leaders of the South-South geopolitical zone in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Tuesday.
South-South leaders including the Rivers State governor, had at the meeting demanded the restructuring of the country in line with the principle of true federalism.
They argued that it will guarantee peace, security and stability in the country.