You cannot hoist unnecessary flag here – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike has asked persons with an inordinate ambition to make Rivers State part of a separatist plot to stay clear.

The Governor who did not mention any group by name issued  the warning on Tuesday while receiving a delegation of leaders from the Ekpeye Kingdom.

The stern warning apparently directed at the separatist movement that is taking hold in the South East is coming against the backdrop of ongoing efforts by the Rivers State Government to protect Rivers people from harm’s way.

Accusing certain unnamed persons of “riding on the hospitality of the Rivers people to hatch a secessionist agenda”, the Governor warned that the time has come to “take such clandestine activities elsewhere.”

The Rivers people, Wike stressed, would not hesitate to resist persons who think they can annex their state and drag it within the realm of their separatist agenda.

“Rivers State does not belong to any other place”, Governor Wike emphasised, “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.

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“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.”

Recall that a curfew has been put in place in boundary areas by the Rivers State Government after unknown persons believed to be members of separatist groups outside the State launched vicious attacks which claimed the lives of some security personnel.

The governor advised  the people of the State, particularly those from Ekpeye, not to leave anything to chance.

“Nigeria has collapsed. Security has also collapsed. There is no day you won’t hear ten 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.”

He urged them to report suspicious  movements so that proper action can be taken to avert possible attacks on Rivers soil.

Earlier, the Leader of the delegation, Prof. Dulu Appah said Ekpeye people would remain grateful to Governor Wike because of the  numerous development projects that his administration has sited in their area.

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“Indeed for us,  the Ekpeye Ethnic Nation we make bold to say without fear of contradiction that the democratic dividend we have enjoyed during your administration has made us the envy of other ethnic groups in the State”, Professor Appah pointed out.