President Bola Tinubu has revealed that former Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike holds a significant role in his advisory circle, emphasizing that Wike is more than just the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister; he is also a trusted advisor and an admirer.
The President made this disclosure during a reception at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, September 14, 2023, where he warmly welcomed a high-powered 62-member delegation, comprising leaders from both the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Rivers state.
This information was relayed in a statement issued by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
Throughout the meeting, Tinubu underscored that neither Nigeria nor Rivers State should have any affiliation with poverty, insecurity, or underdevelopment, given their substantial capacity and abundant resource wealth.
“We are not meant to be in a position to be poor. We will turn the tide! Somewhere, somehow in this storm, there’s a quiet and peaceful place for us. We will locate it!
“We are not lazy people. We are richly endowed. We just need to be our brother’s keeper, and good neighbours to one another. I am not a President that will give excuses. I will work hard for our nation with purpose, determination and dedication to create wealth for all Nigerians. We have no reason to be poor! We will not look back, we will run aggressively forward,” Tinubu said.
The President also assured the Rivers stakeholders that he had heard their cries with particular reference to the Eleme Junction-Onne axis of the East-West Road, linking the Port Harcourt Refinery.
Tinubu added that Wike, being his strong adviser, would follow up on the issue for prompt action.
“The Honourable Minister, Wike, is not just the Minister of FCT, he is also my adviser and an admirer of mine. He has hit the ground running and he should be encouraged by the State,” the President affirmed.
Advising the younger generation to be more patient with the processes of government, the President said, “I am the Captain and Chief Salesman of the country. We have to reverse the trend and achieve possibilities within a short period of time. Our people have high expectations for us. I pledge to work hard, and I pray to God to put me on the right path, not to disappoint Nigerians.”