2015 is the year of winners and losers in Nigeria, hence all camps are getting ready for the election. Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has charged the people of the state not to allow the state to return to the dark days of militancy and criminality as they prepare to go to the polls.
Amaechi, who gave the charge during his New Year broadcast, urged Rivers people to vote wisely in the forthcoming general elections in order to maintain the prevailing peace in the state.
Amaechi said: “We must agree that in 2015, the Year of Change, we would not either by acts of omission or commission allow our state to return to the dark inglorious years when we were a pariah, witnessing the fault lines of criminality and militancy in our region. Never again shall we go back to violence, armed gangs and destruction of our assets.
“Never again will our children become cannon fodder for a greedy and self-serving few whose consciences have been seared with iron. Never again will we allow our laughter ring hollow because of the pain of a prostrate economy.
“We must join hands to guarantee the future of our present and future generations, the right to vote and be voted for, and above all, the right to enthrone peaceful change with our votes and bring about those things that we have been clamoring for.
“2015 is important for us as a people determined to take our destiny in our own hands through the choices we may make.
“We are aware that the actual change of baton is still a little far off, though political activities are already in full gear and elections are around the corner. Our administration is, however, mindful of the tasks still ahead,” the governor said.
He promised to give account of his stewardship before the end of his tenure.