- Governor Nyesom Wike has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra to steer clear of Rivers state
- The governor frowned at the hoisting of flags by the group in some parts of the state
- Governor Wike further warned that the hospitality of the Rivers people should not be taken for granted by the secessionist group
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to hoist its flags in his domain.
This was contained in a statement issued by one of the media aides of the governor, Kelvin Ebiri, and seen by Legit.ng.
Ebiri noted that Governor Wike made his stance known when traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Ekpeye nationality paid him a solidarity visit at Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, May 4.
Wike said his administration would not leave any stone unturned in protecting Rivers and its people against those who think they can annex the state by dragging her into their agenda.
“Rivers state does not belong to any other place. It is an autonomous state. Nobody in other states 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 flags here. We will not take it.”
Meanwhile, youth leaders working towards a peaceful co-existence of Nigeria have urged the federal government to urgently convene a national dialogue to address issues of poverty, youth unemployment, and insecurity to save the country from collapse.
The leaders made the call on Friday, April 30 in Abuja at a National Cohesion and Tolerance Dinner organised by a leading civil society organisation, Connected Development, and attended by Legit.ng.
The event was graced by about 25 youth leaders from various political, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to discuss the way forward for Nigeria.
Several youth leaders were also in attendance and conversations focused on the role of the youth in promoting peace and other activities that unite the country rather than those that divide it.
In a related development, the Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that those seeking to throw Nigeria into anarchy will be dealt with.
Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesman, on Sunday, May 2 said the service will, henceforth, not tolerate those whose aim is to throw the country into anarchy.