Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that Marginalisation remains Nigeria’s biggest issue, and peace and security will remain elusive if the major tribes and those who think they have dominance over others continue to marginalise them.
Wike spoke on Tuesday at Government House in Port Harcourt when the management of New Telegraph Newspaper, led by the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Ayodele Aminu presented its letter nominating him as the Political Icon of the Year, 2022.
“The problem in this country today is not only as a result of the banditry or kidnapping, no. Part of the issue that has to do with security is the issue of marginalisation.
“And I continue to tell our people or those who believe that they are dominant, you need peace for you to preside over those who you think do not have the number. You need peace. If there is no peace, it will be difficult.”
Governor Wike took a retrospect of how things stand in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and said it is evidence of marginalisation of a section of the country.
He observed that because the zoning principle has been jettisoned in the PDP, coupled with the lack of seriousness to allow for inclusivity, convincing Nigerians to believe that the party can rescue the country is becoming a more difficult task.
The governor insisted that blackmail cannot diminish the demand for the national chairmanship position to be relinquished to the South. According to him, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of PDP, had promised to resign his position should the presidential candidate of the party emerge from the north.
“He made that commitment because he knows that it will not be equitable, there will be no fairness and justice if the presidential candidate comes from the same zone as him. And people are trivializing the issue. Why do you trivialize the issue?”