Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche, has urged Nigerians to rally behind FCT Minister Nyesom Wike in his drive to restore the Abuja master plan and instill discipline in urban development in the territory.
He said on Sunday in a statement he personally signed that those who have lived in Abuja since the return of the democratic dispensation in 1999 can attest to the deterioration of the capital city by illegal structures taking over public spaces, green areas illegally allocated by unscrupulous officials to cronies, areas for public facilities like fire services/police stations were also allocated to individuals.
“How can areas in a capital city not have available spaces for the construction of fire service and Police Stations among others?” Nwuche said.
He commended President Tinubu for making the right decision in picking Wike who is a known achiever and who performed exceptionally as the immediate past governor of Rivers State and brought development, infrastructure to all local governments and cities in the state.
He described Wike as detribalized and nationalistic, who will treat all Nigerians equally.
He said, “The appointment has restored the faith of many Nigerians in our unity, equality as Nigerians and a departure from the nepotism of the past where certain portfolios were reserved for only a part of the country.
“No country that desires development should listen to archaic and unexposed persons, be they clerics, former government officials etc who prefer when only those from their tribe and religion hold sensitive offices including the defence and security portfolios in a multi ethnic and multi religious country.
“When one walks into a Nigerian airport, police stations, immigration offices etc. One should see a reflection of our diversity and all tribes fairly represented.
“Not the one where at immigration services, police, customs, etc you see a preponderance of one tribe and one religion. These are the issues that have held Nigeria down. He called on people of goodwill to speak up and not allow retrogressive drive down their parochial and divisive agenda.”
He urged President Tinubu to ignore such people and continue on the part of giving every Nigerian a sense of belonging irrespective of their tribe and religion.
He also urged Wike not to be distracted by these critics as Nigerians are much wiser after suffering under incompetent leadership for many years, and understand the antics of these critics.