The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has stated that he doesn’t mind anyone agitating over the plights they are experiencing.
Speaking during the visit by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, Governor Wike said that the agitations shouldn’t be thuggish.
“God who has put the different people together did not make a mistake by saying there should be a country called Nigeria.
“There must be differences. There must be anger. It is for us to sit down to discuss it. I have said generally that I am not against anybody agitating for whatever they want to agitate. My advice is that they should not be violent.
“So, if anybody says they’re agitating, I have no problem. I believe in the unity of this country.”
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As he detailed how troops reportedly got involved in the 2019 election, Wike also urged to the COAS to keep his men and officers out of mainstream politics. He did say, however, that these soldiers were supposedly halted by women from Rivers state.
“I don’t understand why we cannot remove politics from our jobs. Let’s do our jobs and keep the country going. I can tell you that I’m willing and ready to work with all the security agencies, not only the Army.
“The gunboats we are providing are almost ready. We have paid for everything. We will also provide vehicles. All I need is the security of my people. I’m here to partner you.”
He praised Yahaya for taking effective actions to confront threats to the country’s sovereignty, adding that banditry, kidnapping, and agitations were all distinct types of crimes that had put Nigeria in a bad condition.
“You should continue to maintain integrity, that respect for the Nigerian Army. It is very important. Even if you leave office today, you can say that while I was Chief of Army Staff, I maintained that the integrity of the Army must be protected at all times.”