Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said that he will never support anything that will cayse the breakup or disintegration of Nigeria.
Wike’s statements came shortly after the Northern governors’ forum(NGF) paid him a visit on Monday. The NGF had earlier reported that Wike’s state-wide broadcast after an attack carried by IPOB members on some Hausas in Oyigbo area of Port Harcourt last week, helped to restore peace to the state.
In response, Wike said;
“Rivers state believes in the unity of this country. Rivers state will not be a part of those calling for the disintegration of Nigeria. We owe it a duty to protect every Nigerian living in the state.
I will not allow any group to intimidate, harass or attack other Nigerians living in the state. We are Rivers people and we belong to the Niger Delta.”
The Governor also advised the aggrieved to dialogue in the interest of peace and development. He said; “I am not against anyone who wants to protest any grievance but, there are channels for such protests”.
Governor Wike also stated that the people of Rivers state have peculiar grievances against developmental issues in the country and pointed out that as tge governor, he has raised such issues but will never support the break up of the country.
Earlier on, NGF Chairman and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, expressed their happiness with governor Wike and declared, “We are proud of you. We are associating ourselves with you. Nigeria is greater than political differences. We belong to one political family and that is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. No interest should be bigger than the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You believe in the Nigerian Project. For that, we remain eternally grateful.”