Wike blames Nigeria’s woes on nepotism, others

The Rivers State Governor , Chief Nyesom Wike , has said the country is in crisis due to poor governance , nepotism and marginalisation .
Speaking on Thursday while declaring open the 13 th All Nigeria Editors Conference holding in Port Harcourt , he said, “We are only pretending; we think that all is well with our country .
“ The country is in crisis as poor governance , nepotism , marginalisation and state - sponsored repression continue to do violence to the nation ’s unity and cohesion .
“ At times like this , the country needs forthright leadership and consensus building to steer the ship of state from the wrong direction it is headed to safer grounds .
“ Nigerians of goodwill must therefore call the Minister of Information to stop stoking the ambers of disharmony and divisions in the polity with his irresponsible utterances and wild allegations against members of opposition political parties . ”
The governor noted that the clamour for political restructuring, fiscal federalism , state police and guarantee for free and fair elections had never been so determined across the country .
“ It is becoming clearer by the day that to ignore this call is pretentiously dangerous to the unity and peaceful co - existence of this country .
“ For some of us , therefore , there is nothing nobler than being counted on this path and as long as God gives us breath , we shall remain in the trenches fighting for our democratic rights and freedom until victory is ultimately achieved .
“ But we also believe that this is a fight that should and must be led by the media for full effect and agenda setting . This calls for greater vigilance and courage in giving effective voice to the contending issues and taking personal responsibility for factuality . It can ’ t be otherwise ,” he said .
In her address, the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors , Mrs. Funke Egbemode , said that this year, the editors would focus on how to reinvent the journalism profession and make it profitable for practitioners and society.
The Chairman of the conference, Mallam Ismaila Funtua , urged editors to promote professionalism for the good of the country .
The Publisher of ThisDay Newspaper , Mr . Nduka Obaigbena , called on media managers to develop strong brands to overcome the challenge posed by the existence of the social media .