Wike condemns bandits’ attack in Sokoto
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has condemned bandits’ attack in Sokoto State and commiserated with the government and the Sultan over the unwarranted killing of innocent citizens by bandits.
The governor, in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, condemned the recent spate of killings in Sokoto, saying the government and people of Rivers State consider the dastardly activities of marauding bandits as barbaric.
Wike stated this when he and the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, paid a courtesy call on His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto, in his palace, over the weekend. He expressed dismay over the wanton killing of innocent citizens by bandits in Sokoto and other parts of the country.
Wike said: “We have had a long-standing relationship and so the people of Rivers State have told me to commiserate with you and the people of Sokoto State. I’m sorry for what happened and we believe God will give the families that have lost their loved ones the courage and strength to bear the unnecessary loss of lives.”
The governor, who was accompanied by a delegation of Rivers’ elders, thanked the Sultan for the role he has been playing to ensure the country’s stability.
“You’ve been trying to stabilise all the religious and ethnic groups, to understand that we have no other country than Nigeria. You have always spoken out irrespective of whether it touches on Muslims, Christians, or those with no religion.”
The governor said it takes somebody with passion and undying love for the country to play the role the Sultan has been playing to ensure stability and unity of the nation
In his response, the Sultan thanked Wike and the delegation for the brotherly visit, assuring he will continue to build bridges and cement relationships between the people of Sokoto and Rivers states.
He commended Wike for his consistent visit to him, particularly during festive period, and for supporting the government and people of Sokoto State.
Wike was accompanied by Rivers State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Desmond Akawor; Senator Olaka Nwaogu; Senator Lee Maeba; Mr. Ledum Mitee, and Director-General, Rivers State Bureau on Public Procurement, Mr. Igonibo Thompson.