The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike on Tuesday, has dismissed calls for his removal as Minister, adding that his focus is set on supporting President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’.
He made this statement on Tuesday while playing host to Leaders of Ethnic Nationalities from the Niger Delta region who paid a solidarity visit to him, in his office.
Wike said he had resolved to remain focused, adding that what was important was supporting President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda.
He added that not everyone would be happy with his historical appointment, while calling for the support of the President
“I have not lost focus, and I will not lose focus. I want to remain focused to do my work. What is important to me is to support Mr. President to achieve his 8-point agenda on Renewed Hope. So, in the course of this work, people may not be happy. So, you do not expect that everybody will be happy.
“And when you come to look at it, when a historical appointment was made, you should not be bothered that people will react. So, I will assure you that, I don’t even think about it, I don’t even know who even made the statement.
“As long as Mr. President is happy with what I am doing, that’s all. Because he is my appointer, and I owe him everything. And I urge you to continue to support Mr. President, so that at the end of the day, all of us will be happy”.
Earlier in his speech, the former Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, who spoke on behalf of the group, warned that any attack on Wike would be considered an affront to the collective interest of the region.
“Wike is not a political orphan from the Niger Delta, he has a strong socio-political base. So we take very serious exception to the call for the Minister’s sack and to the blackmail on the President with denial of electoral/political support in far away 2027 should the President fail to do his bidding.
“To say the least, Gumi’s abrogation of exclusive ownership and monopoly of administration of Abuja by a given ethno-religious region in Nigeria is not only disgusting, senseless but also puerile, hubristic, irresponsible and divisive”, he said.