…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Former chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi, has criticized Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for declaring a public holiday ahead of President-elect, Bola Tinubu’s visit to the state.
Governor Wike declared Wednesday, May 3, as a public holiday for residents of the state to receive Tinubu, who is expected to commission some projects during his visit.
However, the governor’s decision has generated mixed reactions with many criticizing him, particularly for declaring a public holiday for the visit.
Joining other Nigerians in reacting to Governor Wike’s decision, Amadi, in a Twitter post on Tuesday, criticized the governor for his decision.
He noted that Wike probably thinks “President-elect” is an official position, adding that Tinubu’s visit cannot be official.
Amadi further stated that it is painful that leaders would degrade statecraft with pedestrian actions, adding that if the language is degraded, leadership will also be degraded, citing George Orwell.
Leadership and Statecraft
Amadi’s criticism highlights the importance of leadership and statecraft in the Nigerian political landscape.
Leaders should always strive to uphold the highest level of professionalism and statesmanship in their actions and decisions.
The decision to declare a public holiday for Tinubu’s visit raises concerns about the governor’s priorities and how he manages the affairs of the state.
It also raises questions about the proper use of public resources and the potential impact of such decisions on the state’s economy.
The Role of Public Opinion in Governance
Public opinion plays a crucial role in governance, and the reaction of Nigerians to Governor Wike’s decision shows that people are increasingly aware of their rights and are not afraid to speak out against actions that do not serve their interests.
The reactions also show that the public expects their leaders to act in the best interest of the state and not engage in activities that may undermine its growth and development.
Amadi’s criticism of Governor Wike’s decision to declare a public holiday for Tinubu’s visit underscores the need for leaders to prioritize statecraft and professionalism in their actions and decisions.
It also highlights the role of public opinion in shaping governance in Nigeria.
As Nigerians continue to demand accountability from their leaders, it is important for leaders to be responsive to the needs of the people and take actions that promote the growth and development of the state.