Wike vows to sustain curfew in Rivers over insecurity
• ‘Military attacks didn’t weaken our people’s resolve to defend democracy’
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that he will not review the curfew imposed on the state following attacks on security formations yet, despite pressures and criticisms against it.
He disclosed this, yesterday, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, saying he was aware of the traffic difficulty being experienced by residents, particularly in Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor councils in their attempt to beat the 8:30 p.m. curfew.
He insisted that it was better to suffer inconveniences and stay alive, he defended the effectiveness of the curfew while speaking at the 60th birthday celebration of representative of Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the Senate, Barry Barinada Mpigi, in Port Harcourt.
He enjoined residents and people of the state to make sacrifices and suffer some inconveniences today for a better tomorrow, adding: “I want us to be alive to take care of our children.”
The governor also disclosed that the state had secured approval for a campus of the Nigeria Law School to be sited in Port Harcourt, saying the previous government rejected it and it was taken to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
He also announced that a Federal High Court in Abuja awarded $1.1 billion to the state in a lawsuit against the Federal Government.
Wike, who recalled that his relationship with Mpigi dated back to when they were council chairmen, urged the senator to remain steadfast in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Chairman of the occasion and former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) Ledum Mitee, thanked God for the life of Mpigi, who he described as a politician with the grassroots appeal.
Speaking, Mpigi said he decided to celebrate his 60th birthday specifically to thank God for his life, good health and his reunion with Wike.
BESIDES, Wike declared that military attacks and killing of Rivers people in Abonnema Town during the 2019 general elections did not dampen their resolve to always defend the nation’s democracy.
He claimed that the military planned to rig the election against the PDP in the state, but the Abonnema people resisted the attempt and some of them paid the supreme price defending the interest of the state.
He spoke yesterday at the unveiling of reclamation of 52 hectares of land for the Abonnema and Obonoma towns in Akuku-Toru Council.
“They suffered in 2019 when the military killed so many of our people because they wanted to rig the election through one of their own sons. They suffered due to their resolve to defend democracy and that PDP must not be rigged out.
But, I know that those who died did not die in vain. They died in defence of Rivers interest and defence of Abonnema, Obonoma interest, and Akuku-Toru interest. And that is why we will never abandon the area for what they did for us,” he stated.