Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said that the people and government of the state believed in the in 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.
While at the Sultan palace, Wike said that the people and government of Rivers state did not believe in the break-up of the country.
“Rivers state and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand. We Sultan is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in Nigeria and beyond,” he said.
Answering questions from journalists at the government house, Wike observed that there were better ways to solve the agitation and problems of Nigeria, rather than seeking break up of Nigeria.
“My message to Nigerians is for us to call for the unity of Nigerians and continue to work for its unity. For all those who have one problem or another, there are many ways through which we can sit and resolve those problems and not to call for the break-up of Nigeria.
“The other time the Sultan of Sokoto was in Rivers and today I have come to pay homage to him and the governor. That shows you that we believe in the unity of this country. We don’t believe in the break-up of this country. We call on our people to pray for peace and unity of Nigeria and not to say something that will devide us,” Wike stressed.
Sultan Abubakar observed that the ongoing agitation in the country were symptoms of the rot in the Nigerian
“In the past, a lot of things were done by some people with impunity and nothing was done.
That is why you find shortage of good governance now weighing us down now in the country.
However, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut it and throw away,” he said.
The Sultan stressed the need to dialogue with sections of the country to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.