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20 Jan 2018

Governor Wike On Why Buhari Declared State Of Emergency In Rivers In 2016

Against the backdrop of the declaration of State of Emergency in Rivers in 2016, Governor Wike has revealed what made President Buhari take the action.

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was under pressure from the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Wike made the remarks when he received the Anglican bishops of the Niger Delta Province on Friday. He explained that he learnt of the pressure on the President during his meeting with the Commander-in-Chief at the State House.

The governor, however, said that the plan to make the President declare a state of emergency in Rivers failed while measures put in place by the APC leaders to achieve their aim only manifested in their states.

He said, “When I went to see the President, he told me that he was under pressure to declare a state of emergency in Rivers State.

“Those things they planned to use in declaring a state of emergency in Rivers State fell on their own states and it became difficult to do so.”

Wike added that due to insecurity in the country, the “evil eyes of the plotters have left Rivers State.”

He said, “When you sit and plot evil against Rivers State, you will not know peace. If they don’t apologise for plotting and executing evil against Rivers State, they will never know peace.”

The governor said that the state survived because of the prayers of clerics and the church.

He urged the church to take interest in the leadership that would emerge in the country at all levels, warning that bad political leadership would affect everyone.

“If you don’t participate in what is happening through voting, the country will degenerate further. People should acquire their Permanent Voter Cards to enthrone the leadership they desire,” he said.

The governor pointed out that in other climes, if 10 persons were killed, the President would visit the place to assess the situation, adding that the country had become a security nightmare with 73 persons killed in Benue State recently.

He observed that a mass burial was organised for the victims of herdsmen attacks in Benue State while the Presidency acted as if nothing happened.

Wike restated that his administration would set up a Christian Trust Fund to cater for indigent clerics, maintaining that funds had been proposed in the 2018 budget for that purpose.

Earlier, the Anglican Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, said the Anglican bishops were in the Government House to appreciate Wike for his roles in the success of the Anglican Synod.

He lauded the governor for his outstanding developmental strides and urged him to sustain the delivery of projects throughout his administration.

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