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I’ll resist any persecution of Rivers people –Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  has  stated that nobody can make Rivers people  feel like second class citizens, pointing out  that  all Nigerians  are equal  stakeholders in the country.

He said  that Rivers people  deserve the total  respect  of other Nigerians  because  of  their contributions  to  the sustenance of the country.

Speaking during the courtesy visit by Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural  Organisation  Worldwide on Friday, Governor Wike said: “Nigeria belongs to all of us. No one ethnic  group can claim  ownership  of the country.

“Nobody should make you feel like a second  class citizens.  If there are any first  class citizens, Rivers people are the first class citizens, since they provide the resources that sustain the country “.

He stated that Rivers State  would have  collapsed, if God has  not been  on the side of the state.  He noted  that everything  has been done to paralyse the  state’s  development, but the state has always  risen above the evil machinations  against  the state.

He assured the people  of  the  state that he will always  place the interest of the state above any other  considerations.

“No amount of persecution will stop me from doing what is right. I will  continue  to defend the interest of  our people. “I am from Rivers State and I will protect the interest of the state “, he said.

The governor called on the Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide to team up  with  other ethnic  groups  to develop  the  state. “All ethnic groups must work in unity to ensure that Rivers State  attains development “, he said.

In his remarks, President of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide, Prof Simeon Achinehu lauded the governor  for the statewide development since he assumed office.

He declared  that  the  Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide  appreciate the achievements of the governor.  He said that the organisation  will host to a reception.

The President of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide  regretted that  security  personnel  were  used to perpetrate electoral  malpractices on December 10, 2017. The group  called for the reinstatement  of the security details of the governor and also asked that the governor should be  allowed to perform  his constitutional  roles  without persecution.

Meanwhile, Governor, Wike, has advised security agencies against participating in electoral malpractices, saying that such illegal actions lead to electoral violence.

The governor also declared that when a government is performing and is popular with the people, it is difficult to use security forces to subvert the will of the people.

Speaking yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, when he granted audience to Major General Enobong Udoh, the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Governor Wike said there was no loss of life during the Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency supplementary elections because the Nigerian Army and Police did not participate in the snatching of electoral materials.


Source – The Sun

UBA Bank

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