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Wike says it’s hypocritical to sign 2022 Budget.

Barr. Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari was hypocritical for signing an unimplementable and almost impossible 2022 budget passed by the national Assembly, but declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The Governor said the president signed the unimplementable 2022 budget in a speed which he described as a show of insensitivity and lack of attentiveness to the plight of ordinary Nigerians.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant to Governor Wike on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to news men in Port Harcourt on Monday when he paid a New Year visit to his Enugu State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in his home town, Orba in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

According to Governor Wike, ‘Look at Mr. President the other day while he was signing the budget, he said the budget is unimplementable but he went on and signed what is unimplementable. A budget that will determine the state of the economy, the progress of the nation, and the President knew this thing can’t work and he signed it.’

‘Then the Electoral Act, he said he will not sign it because direct primaries are too expensive. What concerns me with party primaries? What concerns the poor people with party primaries? The one that concerns poor man, business man, how to grow the economy, you signed it, knowing too well that it will not work’, Wike stated

The Governor opined that the APC-Led Federal Government has failed Nigeria and he urged the people of Enugu State to speak out against the poor governance the country is currently experiencing. He also advised them to join forces with well-meaning Nigerians to salvage the country.

‘You must join the rest of Nigerians.  Nigeria is dying. Will you be here to see Nigeria die? Is it the kind of Nigeria that people like Nnamdi Azikiwe fought for? A Nigeria that when you wake up, what you hear is 20 people have died, 42 people have been kidnapped, 100 people have been abducted. Everyday death, death’, Wike emphasized. 

Governor Wike said he was in Enugu to felicitate with Governor Ugwuanyi before the commencement of work in the New Year in view of his brotherly love towards him. He described Governor Ugwuanyi as one of the shining lights of the People Democratic Party and admonished him to continue to remain firm, courageous and supportive of the party.

The occasion was also used to confer an honorary traditional chieftaincy title of Agunchemba on Governor Wike by the Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, who urged the people of Enugu State to continue to stand by their Governor to enable him deliver democratic dividends to them.

In his remark, Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Larence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said The Rivers State Governor has distinguished himself as a bold and courageous leader, adding that he is proud of his leadership.

Governor Ugwuanyi who commended the Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers for conferring Governor Wike with a chieftaincy tittle, described the visit as a signpost of the deepening relationship between the two states.

Junaid Hasan

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