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Rivers State Not Ready To Leave Nigeria For Other – Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has reaf­firmed the need for Ni­geria to remain as one indivisi­ble and united nation.

Governor Wike stressed that the government and peo­ple of Rivers State would not be part of any agitation to break up the country.

Wike spoke on Tuesday at the Sultan’s Palace when he led a high-powered delegation of traditional rulers and leaders of thought from Rivers State to a Sallah visit to Sokoto.

Wike noted that every na­tion in the world has its own peculiar challenges; hence the task for Nigeria’s leaders was to find lasting solutions to the var­ious challenges confronting the nation.

He said there are better ways to solve the agitations and problems facing Nigeria, rath­er than a pondering on break­ing up the nation.

His words: “Rivers State and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand. In Sokoto, we have a father in the Sultan. In fact, he is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in this coun­try and beyond.”

“I have also been friends with the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, since before his emergence as a Speak­er of the House of Representa­tives and this will be sustained despite the fact that we belong to different political parties”.

Governor Tambuwal, who accompanied Wike, had earlier said that the visit could not have come at a better time than now and restated his belief in the uni­ty of Nigeria.

Tambuwal said the vis­it would help to strengthen the bond of unity between the two states.
In his remarks, Sultan Mu­hammad Sa’ad Abubakar said ongoing agitations in the coun­try were symptoms of rot in the Nigerian system.

The Sultan observed that a lot of things had gone wrong in the past, but affirmed that hope was not lost.
“A lot of things were done in the past by some people with impunity and nothing was done. That is why you find shortage of good governance now weighing us down in the country. How­ever, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut it and throw away,” he added.

The Sultan stressed the need to adopt dialogue to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.

The monarch said Nigerians should sit together, brain storm, look at what went wrong, retrace their steps and move forward.

He appealed to statesmen in the nation to move in this di­rection.

“We are not short of states­men across Nigeria and they should help the country by championing the dialogue.”

Those in Wike’s entourage included former Rivers State Governor Celestine Omehia; former Acting National Chair­man of the PDP, Uche Secondus; former NBA President, OCJ Okocha; the Chairman of Riv­ers State Council of Tradition­al Rulers and the Amayanabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dande­son Douglas Jaja; the Amayana­bo of Abonnema, King Gbo­bo Bob-Manuel and the Oda of Abua, King Kelly Obunge, among others.

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