Nobody can annex Rivers for secessionist agenda, Wike insists
Governor Nyesom Wike, yesterday, declared that nobody can annex Rivers State to promote their secessionist agenda, as it remains an autonomous state, no matter how hard they try, insisting that Rivers people are behind the state government.
Wike stated this when traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Ekpeye nationality visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt, stressing that those riding on the hospitality of the state to hatch their secessionist agenda should take their activities elsewhere.
He said his administration would leave no stone unturned to protect the state and its people against those who think they could annex the state by incorporating it into their separatist agenda.
“Rivers State does not belong to any other place. It is an autonomous state and as such, nobody can convince us that we are with them. I will not allow anybody to come to Rivers State and tell us that we are part of them, and we will do everything possible to protect our interest.
“We are a friendly people. We will allow anybody to do business here, but nobody should go beyond doing business to hoist unnecessary flags here. We will not take that.”
The governor advised Ekpeye people not to leave anything to chance anymore, but to remain vigilant and to know what happens around and within their communities.
He urged them to report suspicious people and movement so that proper action could be taken to avert any possible attack. Nigeria and its security have collapsed. There is no day you won’t hear that 10 or more people have been killed or kidnapped.”
And as part of measures to curb criminality in Ahoada West and Ahoada East councils, Wike disclosed that he had placed a bounty on two notorious gang leaders namely: VIP and Comasi operating in that axis of the state.
Leader of the delegation, Prof. Dulu Appah said Ekpeye people were grateful to Wike for the development projects sited in their area, adding: “For the Ekpeye ethnic nationality, we make bold to say that the democratic dividend we have enjoyed undfer the Wike administration has made us the envy of other ethnic groups in the state.”
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