By Anayo Onukwugha |
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has told those capitalising on the hospitality of the Rivers people to hatch their secessionist agenda to take such clandestine activities elsewhere.
Wike gave the warning on Tuesday when traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Ekpeye nationality paid a solidarity visit to him at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor said his administration will leave no stone unturned in protecting the state and its people against such persons who think they can annex the state by dragging her into their separatist agenda.
He said: “Rivers State does not belong to any other place. It is an autonomous State. Nobody in other State can come and tell us that we are with them, No!
“So, I will not allow anybody to enter this State to tell us that we are part of them. We will do everything we can to protect the interest of our State.
“We are a friendly people. We will allow anybody to come here and do business but nobody should go beyond doing business to hoist unnecessary flag here. We will not take it,” the governor warned.
Wike, therefore, advised Ekpeye people not to leave anything to chance anymore, but to be vigilant to know what is happening around and within their communities.
The govenor urged them to report suspicious movements to the authorities that proper action could be taken to avert any possible attack.
He said: “Nigeria has collapsed. Security has also collapsed. There is no day you won’t hear 10 people have been killed, 20 people have been killed, 30 have been kidnapped.
“There is no assurance of protection of life anymore. You owe it now to yourselves to protect your life. Be vigilant.
“When they say there is curfew, obey. It is for your own interest. Now that we have put that curfew, we are watching how crime rate is going down.”
Earleir, the leader of the delegation, Prof. Dulu Appah, said Ekpeye people were grateful to Governor Wike for the numerous development projects sited in their area.
Appah said: “Indeed for us, the Ekpeye Ethnic Nation, we make bold to say without fear of contradiction that the democratic dividends we have enjoyed during your administration have made us the envy of other ethnic groups in the State.”