The Continued Attacks To Destabilize Rivers State Will Not Break Our Will As A People

By Annkio Briggs

Despite everything we have gone through and have endured since 1914, the people of today’s Rivers State will remain strong and united because we will refuse to be broken. We are not a fearful people but(sic) are loving and peaceful people.
The people of Rivers state(sic) like others have disagreements but we reuse to destroy ourselves(sic) and our state since strangers have found a few amongst us they use as willing tools.
However, we who refuse to be used are in the majority and the strangers and willing tools are in the minority.
Nigeria was never amalgamated for Peace, Liberty, Equity, Justice and Truth but was amalgamated for Discontent, Slavery, Inequality, Injustice and Lies as this manifestation is at it’s clearest since 2015.
Everything will come to its end in 2019. 2019 elections is for the soul of Rivers States and only true lovers of Rivers State will deliver and protect her.
Nigeria as a country is insecure, and will always be insecure till people who want and need Liberty, Equity and Justice get them. Nigeria is not insecure because of politics, but because it was amalgamated to be insecure and remain insecure. Thus only states who want to be secure will be secure and those states, people and region will provide their own security.
Nigeria was amalgamated to give advantage to one region and people over other sections and peoples. The people given the advantage are in the minority but the rest of Nigeria who(sic) are in the majority have been brain washed into believing that they are helpless and have accepted this brainwash of helplessness and weakness.
Decades ago from amongst the people today identified as Rivers, Bayelsa State, Niger Delta and the South South arose a young man who(sic) said no to the oppression.
He waged a 12 days war which he lost and though he was killed, he made his point just as his people before him did(sic). His name is Jasper Adaka Boro and his ideology despite all odds lives on.
Then arose another man who waged a war against the same oppression with his pen. However, he along with his people and kinsmen were murdered.
Their homes and land destroyed, women raped, land polluted, and their wealth carted away. Yet his ideology lives on(sic)
At different times, starting with the Colonial government of the British Empire, our different Ethnic Nationalities have resisted injustice and will continue to resist injustice until we get the victory to hand over as an inheritance to our children’s children.
The present hatred and determination to destroy Rivers State by plan, desire and by extension the Niger Delta started when a new wave of(sic) agitation for Liberty, Equity and Justice for our resources, development, environment and our people started. In reaction thousands of our people were murdered, jailed, hunted and hounded, our communities burnt, women raped etc. Within this(sic) space, heroes began to emerge, the Okah Brothers Charles and Henry, Asari Dokubo, Tom Polo, and now a King of his people Ateke Tom and many others.
Yes! Nigeria had to hear the voices of the Niger Delta Region. Oil out put was reduced to 700, 000 barrels per day. Nigeria was broke and Amnesty was offered and accepted because the Vice President was a Niger Delta son, of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality by providence rather than by ambition. By the same providence VP Goodluck Jonathan became acting President, subsequently severing out the late President’s tenure as par the constitution.
R-L Former Vice president, Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike
Goodluck was elected president in his(sic) own right as a Nigerian. This began the final and open onslaughter of hatred towards the Niger Delta people, particularly the Ijaws in the six Niger Delta states and as far away as South Africa where Henry Okah is in jail.
After the international and national gang up to remove President Goodluck Jonathan from the office of President succeeded in 2015,  in his own words in page 76 of his recently released book “My Transition Hours” he said, “Let the Country survive. Let democracy survive. My political ambition is not worth People being soaked in blood.”
By this action which he admitted(sic) and no one is disputing it he in the words of Lord Tim Bell Jonathan bought honor at the cost of power.
Everyone wonders but no one is in doubt that if Jonathan did not make that call to congratulate Buhari even when the final results were not in, people indeed would have been soaked in blood, and dogs and baboons included.
It is amazing that instead of this government and the supporters of this government to hit the(sic) ground running to do the things it promised Nigerians and the world, this government went on a vengeance and hatred campaign and attacks on Jonathan, his kins men and women, supporters and friends.
People were accused of all sorts of crimes from stealing to looting in radio stations, Television studios, pages of newspapers without the due process of charging the accused to a competent court of law in or out of Nigeria. People were accused, judged and sentenced in the pages of newspapers, social media and internet.
By 2014 there were attacks on Jonathan from his own people of Bayelsa, Rivers, and some Niger Deltans were just following the trend to be seen as enemies and haters of Jonathan too willing to pull him down.
I said at that time that this hate of Jonathan for daring to govern Nigeria will be the destruction of Nigeria. I was referring more to the future effects than the immediate. Many people including friends, relatives, aides, were either thrown in jail, hounded, terrorized, some felt it was better if they left.
This was where Minster of State for education Nyesom Wike now Gov Wike of Rivers state came in. Whatever his reasons were, he was amongst the very few who stood with President Goodluck Jonathan till the very bitter end.
For daring to support, standing up for and with President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Wike inherited the enemies that President Jonathan ignored and it takes a great and strong man to ignore the weak people that hate him by aspiring for the governorship of Rivers State. Instead of cowardly handing it over meekly to the haters of his state and his brother Jonathan, they went after him.
Wike and the majority of Rivers stood our grounds, President Jonathan have allowed you to get your crooked ways by cheating his brother, but we will not hand over our state, the tiny allocation you throw at us against  our rights. No Sir!
Therefore the decision to hound Gov Wike and the people of Rivers State was set in motion at the elections of 2015, the rerun elections that followed, the attempt to kidnap judges, the withdrawal of Gov. Wike Security, the claims by Gov. Wike of plans to assassinate him, the threats to declare a state of emergency in Rivers State, the various threats of EFCC against Gov. Wike and the threat now that by hook or crook that APC will win election in Rivers State.
To use the language favored by their stalwarts “We will take Rivers State in 2019” it is a fact that you can’t win elections or rig elections where you are not popular.
It will be unfair to be silent on the conviction that the Federal Government and their foot soldiers have sold the impression that Rivers State is violent and plans to use this lies and propaganda to declare a state of emergency to enable INEC and the Federal Government stagger the election of 2019 to exclude Rivers State and Akwa Ibom and come back at a later to conduct the elections on a later date to allow them do  in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States what they did in Enugu, Ekiti, and Osun.
The Federal Government knows very well that they will never win(sic) the Niger Delta states in the forthcoming elections in 2019 if the elections are free, & fair and credible.
In these economically tough, rough and unbearable days of this government, Nigerians particularly the teeming youths of Nigeria and specifically of the Niger Delta have lost millions of jobs.
It is foolish, confrontational, and wicked to deny youths of Rivers State a source of employment. The Nigeria army and the Federal Government are unable and incapable and have no desire to provide thousands and thousands of Jobs for youths of Rivers State.
It is shameful that an army that can’t engage, contain and destroy the Boko Haram they Claim to have depleted and technically defeated will invade a training camp for newly employed Rivers State youths.
The army can’t go into Sambisa(sic) forest and destroy Boko Haram that have killed Nigerians and Christians in the North East, but will come and dance with pythons in the South East and smile or cry with crocodile.
This was established by Kano State government in 2003. HISBAH in Arabic means an act performed for the good of society. HISBAH functions under a board composed of government officials, secular police, and religious, highly decentralized to local units. As of 2010 9,000 male and female officers are employed by HISBAH corps.
The administration of Brig Buba Marwa the Military administrator of Lagos State established the Neighbourhood in Lagos State on the 20th of Oct 1996 by edict Number 12 and published in the official gazette No 34 vol 29 of 29th Oct 1996.
The two past governors of Lagos State between 1999-2015, Asiwaju Tinubu and Mr. Babatunde Fasola contributed immensely to the development of the Neighborhood security outfit by providing infrastructure by constructing 33 posts, 33 repeater and base stations, patrol vehicles, Defence gadgets and conducting training both locally and internationally.
Enugu, Edo, Zamfara,Kwara States etc have one form of Corp for their state it is not a secret. Rivers State have been recruiting youths of Rivers State, thus it is a lie if the army says it is unaware of the recruitment, and training ground.
The Rivers State Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency was created by(sic) an act of parliament which states clearly that its aim is to compliment agencies and police with local information gathering.
Department of State Services, Nigeria Civil Defence are represented in the board.
What does the Nigerian Army exist for? 
In America the army exists to serve the American people, to defend the American nation.
The Nigerian Army even during a democratic dispensation is highly involved in one sided politics. The President needs to remind the Army that the enemies of Nigeria and the Army are in the forest of Sambisa which contain terrorists that come and go freely to attack both the military and the people.
The invasion of the training camp of Rivers State government in Nonwa in Tai LGA by the Nigeria Army, is unprovoked and illegal as(sic) the neighborhood Watch Corps is a legally established body.
This action is poised to work against the security of Rivers State, a plan and a trap to project Rivers State as a violent and insecure state as we draw closer to the 2019 elections.
If other states have one security outfit or another to suit their own peculiar states, denying Rivers state this right leaves Rivers people with only one conclusion that though the State contributes most highly to the funding of Nigeria with her natural resources (though forcefully) Rivers States is maltreated and regarded with disdain, which leads to the following question – Is Rivers State equal partners in the amalgamated project of Nigeria?
Rivers State is too critical and important to Nigeria’s economy and too central to the peace and stability of the Niger Delta to be treated as second class citizens.
We therefore advice that the Rivers State Government and the violently dispersed employees explore the possibility of taking out an injunction against the army for wages lost, and for abuse of their basic right to employment and freedom of gathering.
Annkio Briggs writes from Port Harcourt, she is the Convener of Niger Delta Self Determination Movement, she is a well known rights, political and development activist. She lives and works in the capital city of her State, Rivers State. Her passion for Liberty, Equity and Justice is legendary, she is known for telling truth to Power and her people, she is a national and international voice of her people, and environment.
Opinion contained in this article is the author’s not Aledeh’s



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