16 September 2017
By Ikenna Amadi
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has urged the Federal Government to call for a national dialogue in a bid to end the spate of violence being witnessed between the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and the Nigerian army.
Speaking during a state-wide broadcast on Friday, the governor condemned the indiscriminate killings being recorded in the South-East and the North.
“In as much as we may share common concerns about the structural problems of the country, we believe that dialogue and non-violence remain the best ways to resolve contending political issues.
“We therefore pray the Federal Government to initiate meaningful national dialogue to peacefully resolve the structural challenges that are threatening Nigeria’s stability and progress.”
Wike was also quick to condemn attacks on Nigerians living in Rivers state, while urging for calm as he insists that utmost security in the state remains his utmost priority.
“The Rivers State Government is seriously concerned with the recent activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, particularly the attack on Nigerian citizens living in Rivers State.
“Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it. We heartily welcome any Nigerian who wishes to reside here and go about his or her lawful businesses.
“Therefore, we shall not tolerate any attack by any group on other Nigerians living in Oyigbo or any other part of the state. We warn troublemakers, who are bent on causing violence on others to steer clear of Rivers territory.”