Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says there is no regret for proscribing the ‘outlawed’ Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.
Wike stated this when a delegation of Coalition of Northern Groups paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on his efforts and dedication in protecting the interest of ethnic groups living in the state.
He said Nigerians must at all times rise to protect and defend the interest of the country and refrain from allowing parochial and sentimental politics to destroy the nation.
The governor said the #EndSARS protest was peaceful in the state until IPOB hijacked it, killing six Army officers, four policemen and burning police stations and courts.
Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said he would not seat as governor and watch such lawless acts being perpetrated by a group that had been proscribed by the Federal Government to cause ethnic war.
“Without any apology, I am a true Nigerian. I believe that things must be done properly in a way that every part of this country will be satisfied,” he stated.
He reiterated that he was not against any particular ethnic group living in the state, including every law-abiding Igbo, but maintained that as a governor, he would not tolerate a situation where some misguided persons under the guise of IPOB would unleash mayhem on innocent Nigerians in Rivers.
He explained that if the State Security Council was not proactive to impose curfew in the entire Oyigbo Local Government Area, the situation would have degenerated into a war between Igbo and Hausa community.
The governor said all Nigerians must stand against injustice at all times, adding that he believes in the unity of Nigeria.