- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state says President Buhari is welcome to visit Rivers state
- He insists Rivers state is not faced with security challenges and does not need presidential solidarity visit
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has denied saying President Muhammadu Buhari was not welcomed to visit the state.
Wike made the statement on Monday, May 21, when he he appeared on Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily.
He said President Buhari had the right to visit Rivers state but not if its a solidarity visit due to insecurity.
He said: “I never said that President Buhari should not come to Rivers State and I can never say it. The President is the President of the country. He has the right to come to Rivers State.”
The governor stated that Rivers state is not faced with security challenges and does not need presidential solidarity visit.
He said: "What I disagreed with is that, if you (Buhari) are coming because of insecurity. No. An armed robber operated and killed 15 people. This is not the same thing that daily herdsmen are attacking people and could lead to religious or ethnic war. That is the point I made.
“For example in Lagos State, armed robbers have killed about five people at a time. In Ogun State, people have died, cultists have killed people. So, I never said that the President should not come to Rivers State and I can never say that.”
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The governor while speaking at the third year anniversary thanksgiving service of his administration at the Living Faith Church in Port Harcourt on Sunday, May 20, said there are intelligence reports available to support his claims.
Wike said no level of intimidation by the All Progressives Congress or the federal government would deter him for carrying out his responsibility as the governor of Rivers state, Punch reports.
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