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I am eager to make a change, come let us work together and make Niveria a better place – Wike begs Nigerians

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has urged Nigerians to work together to salvage the country from political and socio-economic miseries. The governor said development could only be secured in a society that promoted good governance, predicated on the rule of law.

Wike made the assertion on Sunday, when he hosted a former Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II, who was on a courtesy visit to Government House, Port Harcourt.

According to Wike, the country’s economy is not doing well and everyday Nigerians also wake up to bad news that had inflicted excruciating pains on them.

The governor maintained that everybody could attest to the fact that things were not well in Nigeria and it did not matter how pretenders tried to exonerate themselves from the happenings.

He stated, “We should brace up; it behoves all Nigerians to say, we must work together to salvage our country. We must work together to move this country forward. It doesn’t matter where you come from.

“Because poverty does not know Fulani. It does not know Hausa. It does not know Igbo. It does not know Yoruba. It does not know other ethnic groups.”

Wike reiterated that Rivers State would continue to be a place where every Nigerian could reside and consider as home. But he insisted it was also obligatory for all residents in the state to conduct their affairs within the confines of the law and be orderly.

The governor said it was the place of government to provide development for its people and ensure safety of all residents. But also noted that it was wrong for some residents to view government’s development policy and efforts to provide security from the prism of religion or ethnicity.

According to Wike, “Rivers State, for me, is a place for all Nigerians, wherever you come from, whether you’re from the east, you’re from the north, you’re from the west or you’re from the south. Whatever your religion is immaterial to me. All of us are Nigerians and we do things in common.

“The only thing I have always craved for is law and order. For people to understand that no society can progress without behaving orderly, without obeying the law. When you have a lawless society with no security, you can imagine the kind of state it’ll be.”

Wike appealed to Sanusi to advise his followers in the state to obey the law and live orderly. He explained that the relocation of the former Oginiba Slaughter Market in Trans-Amadi Industrial Area was a measure taken to curb the level of criminality in the area.

He said it was unfortunate that instead of people accepting the genuine efforts of government to create a peaceful state for everybody, they saw it as measure of hatred against them.

The governor stated, “But as a state, you also owe that duty to protect your citizens, protect the business people, protect the property. So, when we took that decision, the next thing was, he is demolishing where Fulanis and Hausas are. And I said, what type of country we are.

“How can we live under this kind of situation? You take a decision that is for the interest of everybody, they say its because I don’t like them. So, if I don’t like them, why have I not closed the other slaughters?”

Earlier, Sanusi stated that he was on a familiarisation tour to leaders and members of Tjjaniyya Order resident in Rivers State, as their Grand Khaleefa.

He noted with delight the quality of leadership demonstrated by Wike in making Rivers State home for all Nigerians, and acknowledged the quality of public infrastructure, the development strides and security provided for residents by the Wike administration.

Wike said, “This is part of the familiarisation tour to meet with the leaders and members of the order here in Port Harcourt. I will like to thank your Excellency; they have informed me of the support they have received and we have watched closely the efforts of his Excellency to make Rivers a home for all Nigerians. To make all Nigerians feel they’re true citizens of this country and to protect life and property and the freedom of persons.”

He assured the governor that the order did not tolerate extremism, but advocated peace, brotherhood, togetherness, solidarity and progress of the country.

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I Cannot Do Anything To Release Nnamdi Kanu, He Should Go Ahead And Defend Himself In The Court – Buhari Finally Breaks Silence

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The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari has categorically made it clear that he can not release the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is currently in DSS custody.

Remember that the Eastern leader and some traditional ruler had previous gone to Aso Villa Abuja in respect to seek for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

In response, The president earlier assured them that he will consider their request but didn’t state if he will be released or not.

Going forward, in a recent publication by Punch Newspaper, the Commander in chief of Nigeria armed forces, Buhari has openly come out to stated vividly that he cannot do anything to free IPOB leader, urging that he should go ahead and defend himself in the court of law.

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Stop celebrating just because Army killed bandit leader, wait until they crush all of them which I know Nigerian soldiers Cannot – renowned Islamic Leader, Gumi Says

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As the nation celebrated onslaught by the Nigerian military in decimating bandits who continued to make life unbearable to many citizens, especially the recent bombing by Nigerian Airforce jets in Zamfara where two bandit leaders were reportedly killed,the camp of renowned Islamic Sheikh, Dr.Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has called on the military to further convince the public by showing evidence.

A member of the Gumi camp and traditional title holder of ‘Dan Iyan Fika in Yobe State, Alhaji Tukur Mamu, told journalists in an interview, that “the simple question is that we should ask ourselves…for example these reports that they are saying that they’ve bombarded this camp and that camp,is there any evidence on the ground?”

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Declare ‘Golden Dawn’ Operation In Niger, Kaduna States Under Bandits, Terrorists — IPOB Tells Nigerian Army

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the Nigerian Army for launching Operation Golden Dawn in the South-East region of the country.

The group alleged that the operation was another scheme of the military men to embark on a killing spree of residents of the region, similar to what was done with Python Dance in which many lives were lost in 2017.

According to IPOB, it is disgraceful that the military operatives leave Northern Nigeria that is being ravaged with terrorism and banditry, only to concentrate on the South-East and other southern regions.

In a statement by Emma Powerful and obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday, IPOB berated political leaders in the region for not speaking against the operation.

The statement partly read, “This operation is another round of secret genocide akin to the infamous Python Dance by the Nigerian Army. This is another ploy by the military to continue their reckless killing of Igbo youths just because we want to have our independence.

“We wonder why a special military operation would be launched in the South-East why the same military has looked away from Kaduna, Niger and other northern states which have become a slaughter ground by Fulani bandits and terrorists decimating Christian communities almost unchallenged.

“The level of insecurity in South-East which of course was created by the same Nigeria security agencies is a far cry to the state of near-anarchy in the northern region. Why is it during special military operations that the Fulani controlled federal government remembers South East but when it has to do with infrastructure and appointments they go North?

“Our message to the operatives deployed for this wicked special operation is to make sure they don’t kill any innocent Biafran or IPOB member. If they know where the bandits were created to wreak havoc in the South-East, let them face them. But any day they touch innocent Biafrans in South-East, they will regret their action.

“They should be ashamed of themselves that even soldiers are being killed by Fulani bandits in the North but they are here declaring a special operation in a relatively peaceful region.

“We pity South-East politicians and the political elite who lack understanding of the times. They are only after their political interest in 2023.”

Recall that the Nigerian Army on Sunday announced special military exercises in the South-East, South-West and South-South regions of the country, codenamed ‘Golden Dawn’, ‘Enduring Peace’, and ‘Still Water.’

The army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, on Sunday, said Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, will perform the flag-off in Enugu State.

He had said the exercises, which were routine, were to stem the tide of criminality as the yuletide approached.

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