Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, says his only regret is not having the chance to tell bandits ‘enough is enough.’
Speaking during the inauguration of the dualised Ogbunuabali-Eastern bypass road in Rivers, Wike said if he has the opportunity, he will successfully tackle banditry.
The road was inaugurated by Aliyu Wamakko, former governor of Sokoto, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday.
Wike said Nigeria’s problems can be effectively addressed if it has selfless and altruistic people leading the country.
He added that his resolve to deliver effective governance would not be in doubt even if was not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Leadership is not about party, leadership is about the individual. Party is only a vehicle to actualise your ambition, to be able to tell your people ‘I have this capacity; I have this quality to render services to you’,” he said.
“I challenge everybody. The problem we have in this country today is that we don’t have people who have that passion, who want to serve their people.
“The only regret I have is that I don’t have the opportunity to tell bandits ‘enough is enough’. If I have the opportunity, the bandits know their time will be gone. It’s unfortunate I don’t have it.
“But this one I have, I will use it and serve my people so that they will be happy and know that they deserve the best. ”
Wike’s remarks come amid increasing attacks related to banditry and insurgency across the country.