Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has urged Nigerians to band together to save the country from its current political and socio-economic woes.
He emphasized that development can only be ensured in a society that promotes good governance based on the rule of law.
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According to Governor Wike, the country’s economy is not doing well, and ordinary Nigerians are also waking up to the aftermath of bad news that has caused them excruciating pain.
Governor Wike maintained that everyone can attest to the fact that things are not going well in Nigeria, regardless of how pretenders try to distance themselves from the events.
“We should brace ourselves; it is in the best interests of all Nigerians to say that we must work together to save our country. To move this country forward, we must all work together. It makes no difference where you come from.
“Because poverty is unfamiliar with the Fulani. It is illiterate in Hausa. It is not familiar with Igbo or Yoruba. It is unfamiliar with other ethnic groups.”
Governor Wike went on to say that Rivers State will continue to be a place where every Nigerian can live and call home. However, he insisted that all residents of the State are also required to conduct their affairs within the confines of the law and in an orderly manner.
According to the governor, it is the role of government to provide development for its people while also ensuring the safety of all residents. However, it was also stated that it is incorrect for some residents to view the government’s development policy and efforts to provide security through the lens of religion or ethnicity.
“Rivers State, in my opinion, is a place for all Nigerians. Regardless of where you’re from, whether you’re from the east, the north, the west, or the south. It makes no difference to me what religion you practice. We are all Nigerians who share interests.
“The only thing I’ve ever desired is law and order. People must understand that no society can progress if they do not behave orderly and obey the law. You can imagine the kind of state that exists in a lawless society with no security.”
Governor Wike urged the former Emir’s followers in the state to obey the law and live in peace.
The governor explained that the relocation of the former Oginiba Slaughter Market in the Trans-Amadi Industrial Area was a measure taken to reduce crime in the area.
He stated that it is unfortunate that instead of accepting the government’s genuine efforts to create a peaceful state for all, people see it as a measure of hatred against them.
“However, as a state, you also have a duty to protect your citizens, business owners, and property. So, after we made that decision, he began demolishing areas where Fulanis and Hausas once lived. And I asked, “What kind of country are we?”
“How can we live in such a situation? You make a decision that is in the best interests of everyone; they claim it is because I dislike them. So, if I don’t like them, why haven’t I closed the other slaughterhouses?”
Governor Wike also stated that the construction of the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover in Port Harcourt has nothing to do with tribe or religion, but rather with the advancement of the State’s development agenda and the safety of all residents.
“We are attempting to structure our state in such a way that people doing business or living in the state will feel protected.”
The former Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II, stated that he was on a familiarisation tour to leaders and members of the Tjjaniyya Order who live in Rivers State because he is their Grand Khaleefa.
Governor Wike’s quality leadership in making Rivers State a home for all Nigerians was noted with delight.
He also praised Wike’s administration for the high quality of public infrastructure, development strides, and security provided to all residents.
“This is part of a familiarization tour to meet with the order’s leaders and members here in Port Harcourt. I’d like to thank your excellency; they’ve informed me of the support they’ve received, and we’ve been following his excellency’s efforts to make Rivers a home for all Nigerians. To make all Nigerians feel like true citizens of this country, as well as to protect life, property, and individual freedom.”
He assured the governor that the Order does not tolerate extremism and instead promotes peace, brotherhood, togetherness, solidarity, and national progress.
“I want to reassure you that this is a Sufi Order, and it is a peaceful order. We do not have any extremists among us. We do not support any form of criminal activity. We advocate for peace, brotherhood, unity, and solidarity. Our primary concern would be the advancement of this country. But, as a group, we are committed to playing our part in supporting leadership that will bring development to the Nigerian people because we are convinced that if the leadership of the country and the sub-nationals is not up to speed, we will all suffer. If we have good leaders, all of Nigeria will benefit.