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What’s Matter With Rivers Politicians?

SIR: The recent Supreme Court judgment which affirmed the election of Governor Nyesom Wike couldn’t have come at a better time for many. Peace in this state – they say, is an essential commodity needed yesterday but benignity and forbearance, essential commodities necessary for peace are absent today and peace has taken flight.


Those who expected a contrary judgment and craved for a re-run feel let down no doubt; others, supporters of the governor say he would have won a re-run should there have been any.

Is this the Rivers State, Wenike Briggs, Harold Dappa-Biriye and many others fought to have created by the Federal Government?

Thoughtful leadership is needed here more than the building of roads and bridges. Thoughtful leadership will prevent some council of elders to avoid taking the injudicious decision to ask the governor of Rivers not to consider non-indigenes for appointments to political offices or for educational scholarships. It would prevent the use of the word “strangers” which is still bandied around by politicians to refer to non-indigenes.

George Bush, the 41st president of the United States lay claim to more than one home state: the states of Missouri where his mother was from, Massachusetts where he was born, Ohio where his father was from and Texas where he lived.


Thoughtful leadership prevents people from blaming other people for their ills. Thoughtful leadership would ensure that politicians do not work at cross purposes and evaluators would critique politicians on the basis of performance in office, how they live their lives, the malfeasance, nonfeasance and misfeasance that went (go) with their stewardship.

It guarantees the respect for our fellow countrymen but not on the basis of tribe. How can we even value country when we don’t even value the individual? ,

It was Pearl S. Buck who said and I believe it to be true that, “it’s natural anywhere that people like their own kind but it is not necessarily natural that their fondness for their own kind should lead them to the subjugation of whole groups of other people not like them.”

I wish Nabo-Graham Douglas was alive. At least it was reported that he spoke in a nice way, was genial to friends and foes alike, stood his ground on tough issues civilly without disrespect, and on his deathbed he was still thinking about the possibility of a stakeholders’ meeting for the good of state. So patriotic that man, that he hated to promote fractious divide.

In contrast, the politicians today in this  state create a chasm for all in ways that Ghengis Khan would have envied and are never tired of groping for stones to cross the democratic river.


  • Simon Abah,

Port Harcourt.

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