The Oasis Reporters
June 29, 2017
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has restated the commitment of the people and government of the state to the unity of Nigeria.
He stated this when he paid Sallah homage to Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar as well as his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal on Tuesday.
Gov. Wike said every nation in the world has it’s peculiar challenges, as such it rests on the leaders of Nigeria to find lasting solutions to the various challenges confronting the nation.
“There are better ways to solve the agitations and problems facing Nigeria, rather than pondering on a break up.
“Rivers state and it’s people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand. In Sokoto, we have a father in the Sultan.
In fact, he is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in this country and beyond.“I have also been friends with Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal before his emergence as a Speaker of the House of Representatives and this will be sustained despite the fact that we belong to different political parties,” he added.
Speaking earlier, Tambuwal, who accompanied Wike, said that the visit could not have come at a better time than now and restated his belief in the unity of Nigeria. The governor said the visit would help to strengthen the bond of unity between the two states.
In his remarks, Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar said ongoing agitations in the country are symptoms of rot in the Nigerian system.
He went on to say that lot of things had gone wrong in the past, but hope is not lost.
“A lot of things were done in the past by some people with impunity and nothing was done. That is why you find shortage of good governance now weighing us down in the country.
However, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut it and throw away,” he added.
The Sultan stressed the need to adopt dialogue in resolving all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.
He enjoined Nigerians sit together, brain storm, look at what went wrong, retrace their steps and move forward.
“We are not short of statesmen across Nigeria and they should help the country by championing the dialogue.”
Accompanying Nyesom Wike in the trip were former Rivers Governor Celestine Omehia, former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secundus, former NBA President OCJ Okocha, Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amananyabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Amananyabo of Abonnema, King Gbobo Bob-Manuel and Oda of Abua, King Kelly Obunge, among others.
They’ve since returned home after the one day visit.