- The Rivers state government has expressed concern over the recent activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in the state
- Governor Nyesom Wike warned the group to steer clear of the state insisting that Rivers is part and parcel of Nigeria
- He made the statement in a state wide broadcast on Friday, September 15
Rivers state governor, Barrister Nyesome Wike has warned members of IPOB to steer clear of the state and quit the attack on Nigerian citizens living in his domain.
The governor made this known via a state wide broadcast to residents of the state on Friday, September 15.
He stated unequivocally that Rivers people fully subscribe to Nigeria’s corporate existence and its indivisibility.
“As a people we shall continue to support the unity and peaceful co-existence of all ethnic nationalities and work towards actualizing our collective aspirations for a just, inclusive and progressive nation.
“Rivers state belongs to all those who live in it. We heartily welcome any Nigerian who wishes to reside here and go about with his or her lawful businesses.
“Therefore, we shall not tolerate any attack by any group on other Nigerians living in Oyigbo or any other part of the state. We warn trouble makers and those who are bent on causing violence on others to steer clear of Rivers territory.
“Nobody should take our hospitality and peaceful disposition for weakness, as we are capable of dealing decisively with any situation that threatens the peace and serenity in the state,” the governor said.
The governor called on the people of the state to be vigilant and not allow themselves to be used by anybody to foment trouble.
He advised them to report any suspicious character or movements around their vicinity to law enforcement agencies for immediate action.
He stated that dialogue, not violence, remains the best way to resolve contending political issues, even as he advised the federal government to initiate meaningful national dialogue to peacefully resolve the structural challenges that are threatening Nigeria’s stability and progress.
“We urge the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and conform to international rules of engagement and best practice while responding to provocative acts from ill-advised groups,” Governor Wike added.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the ongoing military show of force in the southeast region of the country, is capable of putting the country on fire if not checked.
Comrade Frank's position was made known in a statement he sent to NAIJ.com on Thursday, September 14.
He stated that the current approach of the military in the region needed to be checked, even as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the political implications of unleashing the military on an entire region.
Watch NAIJ.com TV interview with Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer, about the military invasion in the southeast: