The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, has commended the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for his achievements as a governor.
According to him, Wike after his tenure as governor would be remembered for leaving a legacy in Rivers State worthy of emulation.
Naija News reports that the CJN said this on Thursday in Port Harcourt during a banquet held in his honour.
Ariwoola’s commendation follows the several inaugurations of projects by the governor, who said he will keep inaugurating more projects until his last day in office.
The CJN, who is Wike’s Guest of Honour for some of the projects he wants to commission today in the state expressed gladness that the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde is a member of the G5 governors.
The G5 group consist of the five aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors led by Wike and now also known as the integrity governors.
Other members are the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom who is the Chairman, the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Seyi Makinde and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.
They have been agitating that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorcha Ayu resigns or be removed for a person of southern extraction, and following the removal of Ayu to resign, they have refused to support the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The CJN, who is also from Oyo state joked that Wike was always threatening to withdraw Makinde’s wife, who is from Rivers, from Oyo.
Ariwoola, who urged Makinde to emulate Wike by replicating his good works in Oyo state too submitted that “That is why we should not be scared to have these men of the integrity group.
“And I am happy that my own governor is among them because he would try to imitate his friend and in-law because we came here to marry for my governor.
“So, Governor Wike will always threaten that he will call back his sister if my governor fails to play ball. That is why you see him following his Excellency (Wike) because my governor is afraid of his wife being recalled.”
He also appreciated Wike for his contributions to the judiciary since his assumption of office in 2015.
He noted that “The things that he (Wike) is bestowing to generations unborn will be hard to beat. That’s why he says it all. Anytime he has the opportunity, he will say. Yes, he would not be in office forever, but whatever time he has to spend in the office, let it be spent very well.
“All these things he’s been doing is to put on record that human beings can at any time do far better. I was telling somebody that he (Wike) started far below from being council chairman, and the Lord saw in him a son worth raising.
“I have no doubt the sky is still the limit for Your Excellency. The whole world is seeing what you can do, seeing what you are doing, and wanting it replicated. It has to be replicated.”
Naija News learnt that Wike asserted that this period appears to be the most tempting in Nigeria’s history for any judicial officer.
He, therefore, prayed for God’s guidance for the CJN, adding that “Anytime we are going into transition, the crisis we have, will Nigeria survive? Will there be a democracy? My Lord, everything falls on the judiciary.
“We politicians have our ways. Everything is good or bad, it is the judiciary that is bad. As far as we are concerned, we, the politicians, are saints. The only bad people are the judiciary.
“We will not do our work. We will not do what we are supposed to do.
“So, I urge you, that the God that brought you now should also give you and your colleagues all the wisdom to see that this country is united. To see that democracy survives in this country.”