From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has appealed to Nigerians to work towards electing a President with administrative and economic experience in 2019 to move the country forward.
He spoke on Monday when the National President and Executives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has destroyed the foundation of governance and stagnated development across the country.
Wike said: “We need a man with experience and economic understanding to drive the country forward. We must save Nigeria. We have suffered. We must make a statement that we cannot continue like this.
“We must do the right thing and that is the only way this country can move forward. We should no longer have a President controlled by the cabal,” he said.
Governor Wike expressed the optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will take over from President Muhammadu Buhari, come 2019.
He said: “Luckily, the next President is coming from the North. The excuse of North and South is no longer tenable. Nobody should deceive us.”
The governor berated the Federal Government for politicising the fight against corruption by allegedly using anti-corruption agencies to fight the opposition.
“Nigeria is stagnated. It doesn’t matter where you come from. As a medical doctor, ask yourself, in the last three years, has the country made any progress?
“This country has never been this divided. You must be healthy in a healthy country. You cannot be well in an unwell country”, he stated.
While thanking the NMA team for visiting Rivers State, Wike promised that his administration will continue to invest in the development of the health sector.
He directed the Head of Service to immediately reinstate Dr. Sofiri Peterside into the Rivers State Civil Service.
Earlier, NMA First Vice President, Dr. Tijo Kenneth Mingeh, praised Governor Wike for his investments in the health sector.
Mingeh said that the doctors were in the state for the Physicians’ Week 2018 with the theme: “Universal Health Coverage: Leaving No One Behind”.
The NMA leader said that the theme is motivated by the need to improve health-for-all people and stamp out quackery.