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Rivers governor advocates collective work to salvage Nigeria

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that Southern governors’ irrevocable decision on open grazing and others issues must be respected.

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged Nigerians to work together to salvage the country from political and socio-economic miseries.

The governor said that development can only be secured in a society that promotes good governance that is predicated on the rule of law.

Governor Wike made the assertion on Sunday when he hosted the former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Sunday.

According to Wike, the country’s economy is not doing well and everyday Nigerians also wake up to the tails of bad news that have exerted excruciating pains on them.

The governor maintained that everybody can attest to the fact that things are not well in Nigeria and it does not matter how pretenders try to exonerate themselves from the happenings.

“We should brace up; it behoves all Nigerians to say, we must work together to salvage our country. We must work together to move this country forward. It doesn’t matter where you come from.

“Because poverty does not know Fulani. It does not know Hausa. It does not know Igbo, it does not know Yoruba. It does not know other ethnic groups,” he said.

Speaking further, Wike said that Rivers State will continue to be a place where every Nigerian can reside and consider as home and insisted that it is also obligatory on all residents in the state to conduct their affairs within the confines of the law and be orderly.

The governor said it is the place of government to provide development for its people and ensure the safety of all residents, adding that it is wrong for some residents to view the government’s development policy and efforts to provide security from the prism of religion or ethnicity.

“Rivers State, for me, is a place for all Nigerians. Wherever you come from, whether you’re from the east, you’re from the north, you’re from the west or you’re from the south, whatever your religion is immaterial to me. All of us are Nigerians and we do things in common.

“The only thing I have always crave for is law and order. For people to understand that no society can progress without behaving orderly, without obeying the law. When you have a lawless society with no security, you can imagine the kind of state it’ll be,” he said.

He enjoined the former emir to advise his followers in the state to obey the law and live in an orderly manner.

The governor explained that the relocation of the former Oginiba Slaughter Market in the Trans-Amadi Industrial Area was a measure taken to curb criminality in the area.

He said it is rather unfortunate that instead of people accepting the genuine efforts of the government to create a peaceful state for everybody, they see it as a measure of hatred against them.

“But as a state, you also owe that duty to protect your citizens, protect the business people, protect the property. So, when we took that decision, the next thing was that he is demolishing where Fulanis and Hausas are. And I said, what type of country are we?.

“How can we live under this kind of situation. You take a decision that is for the interest of everybody, they said it’s because I don’t like them. So, if I don’t like them, why have I not closed the other slaughter?”

Earlier, Sanusi stated that he was on a familiarisation tour to leaders and members of the Tjjaniyya Order who are resident in Rivers State because he is their Grand Khaleefa.

He noted with delight the quality of leadership demonstrated by Wike in making Rivers State home for all Nigerians.

He also acknowledged the quality of public infrastructure, the developmental strides and security provided for all residents by Wike’s administration.

“This is part of the familiarisation tour to meet with the leaders and members of the order here in Port Harcourt. I will like to thank your excellency, they have informed me of the support they have received and we have watched closely the efforts of his excellency to make Rivers a home for all Nigerians. To make all Nigerians feel they’re true citizens of this country and to protect life and property and the freedom of persons,” Sanusi said.

He assured the governor that the Order does not tolerate extremism, but advocates peace, brotherhood, togetherness, solidarity and progress of the country.

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