Nyesom Wike, governor of River state, says agitations for the break-up of Nigeria will not solve the country’s problems.
Speaking at the palace of the sultan of Sokoto on Tuesday, the governor
said his state would not be part of any agitation for the break-up of
He said every nation has its challenges, and as such Nigeria’s leaders must find lasting solutions to the problems of country.
He added that there were better ways to solve the country’s problems than to agitate for a break-up.
“Rivers state and its 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,” he said.
“I have also been
friends with governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal since 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
Earlier, Tambuwal, who accompanied Wike, said the visit came at a good time, restating his belief in the unity of Nigeria.
The governor also said the visit would help to strengthen the bond of unity between the two states.
In his remarks, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the sultan, said agitations in the country were symptoms of the rot in the system.
According to him, a 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 said.
The sultan emphasised the need to adopt dialogue to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.
The monarch said Nigerians should sit together, brain-storm, look at
what went wrong, retrace their steps and move forward. He appealed to
statesmen in the nation to wade in, in this direction.
“We are not short of statesmen across Nigeria and they should help the country by championing the dialogue,” he added