- Governor Nyesom Wike states that all nations have challenges and breaking up the nation was not the way to go
- He urges the nation’s leaders to seek better ways to solve Nigeria’s challenges
- The governor states that the sultan of Sokoto was a father to all Nigerians and that Rivers and Sokoto would remain strongly bonded
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has stated that the people of the state will not be a part of the agitation to break up Nigeria.
The governor said this on Tuesday, June 27, at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto when he led a high-powered delegation from Rivers on a sallah visit to the monarch, Sahara Reporters reports.
Wike noted that all nations have challenges, stressing that Nigeria must remain an indivisible and united nation.
According to the governor, rather than seeking for a break-up, there are better ways to solve the nation’s problems.
He called on the nation’s leaders to find lasting solutions to Nigeria’s problems.
He stated: "Rivers State and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand.
“In Sokoto, we have a father in the Sultan. In fact, he is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in this country and beyond.
"I have also been friends with the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal , since before his emergence as a Speaker of the House of Representatives and this will be sustained despite the fact that we belong to different political parties."
The governor further stated: “We don’t believe in the break-up of this country. We call on our people to pray for peace and unity of Nigeria and not to say something that will divide us.”
On his part, the governor of Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwal who also accompanied his Rivers state counterpart to the palace of the sultan, expressed hope that the bond of unity between both states would continue to be strengthened.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Wike, declared that nobody has the right to issue quit notices to other Nigerians.
The governor stressed that despite recent social challenges, Nigeria will continue to be united.
Wike stated: "Nigeria must be one. All of us will live together. All of us are free to do business anywhere in the country. Whether you are from the north, you are free to stay here and do business."
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