A former Senator, Magnus Ngei Abe, has identified the inability of politicians in Rivers State to eschew bitterness and rancor as being responsible for the slow pace of development and growth in the state, and has, therefore, called for an end to the sad development.
Abe, who spoke at the funeral service in honour of late Mrs. Fyna Oby Boms, wife of a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Rivers State, Barrister Worgu Boms at the Civic Centre in Port Harcourt on Saturday said, the time had come for the political elites to put politics of bitterness and hate behind them and work together to find solutions to the numerous challenges facing Rivers people and move the state forward.
He said the politics of bitterness and hate had made it impossible for the elites to come together to find solutions to the challenges confronting the state.
The immediate past representative of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly enjoined government and the people to come together and redirect their focus to develop the health sector and combat medical challenges such as cancer which he said claims the lives of over 73,000 Nigerians yearly with over 100,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
Senator Abe said, “The attitude of resignation which we have adopted towards cancer in this country must end. If we come together, work together, reason together, there’s no human problems that does not have human solutions.”
Abe continued: “The politics of bitterness is unnecessary rather we should join hands with those who are looking for solutions and ignore those who are looking for causes”.
He commended Rivers State Governor Wike Nyesom for being one of those looking for solutions to the hatred and bitterness that had bedeviled Rivers politics in recent times, and urged Rivers people to ignore promoters of partisan acrimony in Rivers State and rather align with those working for solutions.
Abe, who was at a time Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, thanked the Governor Wike for the practical steps taken to that effect such as the nolle prosequi entered in favour of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, by the State Government.
He expressed his appreciation to Rivers leaders across the political divide for coming together to support Barrister Worgu Boms, who is also the Director-General of Freedom House, Port-Harcourt, over the loss of his wife, Fyna.
Abe encouraged Mr. Boms to show greater love to their children.