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Fubara’s Criticism: In Defence of Wike


William Ogbonna

In the vibrant tapestry of democratic societies, dissent and disagreement are not just tolerated but celebrated as essential components of a healthy political discourse. However, there are times when dissent crosses the line into irresponsibility and undermines the very foundations of democracy it claims to uphold. Such is the case with the recent criticisms levelled against the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike by his estranged political son and current governor, Sim Fubara.

Wike has been a prominent figure in Nigerian politics, known for his developmental projects and commitment to the welfare of his constituents. However, like any leader, he is not immune to criticism. Yet, the recent attacks launched by Fubara seem less about genuine critique and more about biting the hands that once fed him.

One of the most concerning aspects of Fubara’s criticism is its lack of substance. Instead of engaging in a constructive dialogue about policy differences or governance issues, Fubara has resorted to personal attacks and baseless accusations. This not only tarnishes the reputation of Governor Wike but also erodes public trust in the political process.

Moreover, Fubara’s tactics seem to be driven more by personal vendetta than genuine concern for the welfare of the people. Instead of offering viable alternatives or solutions to the challenges facing Rivers State, Fubara has chosen to engage in mudslinging and character assassination. Such behaviour has no place in a mature democracy and only serves to distract from the real issues at hand.

Furthermore, it is essential to recognize the broader context in which these attacks are taking place. Nigeria, like many other democracies around the world, is grappling with various social, economic, and political challenges. In times of crisis, it is more important than ever for leaders to work together in the spirit of cooperation and unity, rather than resorting to divisive rhetoric and petty politics.

During his time as governor Wike demonstrated his commitment to inclusive governance and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of all residents of Rivers State, regardless of their political affiliations. His administration made significant strides in areas such as infrastructure development, healthcare, and education, despite facing numerous obstacles along the way. For the better part of this period, Wike was known all over Nigeria as Mr Project.

In contrast, Fubara’s actions only serve to hinder progress and sow discord among the populace. Instead of offering constructive criticism or engaging in meaningful dialogue, he has chosen the path of confrontation and hostility. This not only undermines Wike’s efforts but also threatens to derail the development agenda for Rivers State.

In conclusion, while criticism is an integral part of democracy, it must be rooted in sincerity and constructive engagement. The recent attacks by Fubara fall short of this standard and should be seen for what they are: opportunistic attempts to sow discord and division for personal gain.

Now more than ever, we need leaders who are committed to upholding democratic principles and working towards the common good. Governor Wike exemplifies these qualities, and his detractors would do well to follow his example.

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