Northern Governors have commended their Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, for his efforts in curtailing attacks on people from their regions resident in the state.
There was an attack in Oyigbo local Government Area of Rivers last week believed to be perpetrated by supporters of separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra. The police later quelled the attack and arrested some suspects, following which Governor Wike made a broadcast to warn IPOB supporters against attacking anyone in the state.
In a move to further promote national unity and peaceful coexistence, a high-powered delegation of the Northern Governors Forum on Monday visited Wike in Port Harcourt to thank him for taking urgent steps for protection of Nigerians living in the state.
The delegation was led by the Chairman of the forum and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who called for the enthronement of peace building measures, despite the challenges facing the country. Shettima said despite the unfortunate incidents in Abia, steps have been taken to ensure that there are no retaliatory attacks in other parts of the country.
In his response, Wike said he would continue to protect all Nigerians and foreigners in his state. He said the people of Rivers State have their own peculiar grievances against developmental issues in the country, which as governor he had raised. But he said he would never support the disintegration of Nigeria.