Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has advised those agitating for secession to drop their demand and join persons clamouring for a restructuring of Nigeria.
Wike stated this when the Primate of the All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Henry Chukwuka Ndukuba led a delegation of the Church to visit him at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The Rivers governor said: “We need the unity of this country. What everybody is talking about is the restructuring of this country. If we are practising federalism, let it be federalism. We can’t be talking about federalism, but we are practising unitary system of government.”
In a statement signed by the governor’s Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike disclosed that the people of Rivers State had lived peacefully with Nigerians from other parts of the country.
He regretted that criminals under the aegis of the outlawed, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), misconstrued the peaceful disposition of the state to carry out treasonous activities like hoisting their flags in Rivers community.
According to the governor, the state was peaceful during the #EndSARS protest, until IPOB members unleashed unprovoked attacks that killed six soldiers, four policemen, and destroyed all police stations and court buildings in Oyigbo.
While dismissing allegations that he ordered soldiers to attack Igbo people living in Oyigbo, Wike said if he had not imposed a curfew there would have been a bloody confrontation between Hausa and Igbo communities.