Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he would respect every resident irrespective of ethnic group.
Wike gave this assurance when members of Northern Elders Forum led by its Chairman, Professor Ango Abdullahi visited him at Government House Port Harcourt..
Speaking about the recent #EndSARS protest, he said that some people are desperate to politicise his role.
According to Wike; “It is not in doubt, we have known our relationship before now with the North. All of us know the relationship between our region and the Northern part of the country.
“The End SARS protest was very peaceful in Rivers State. Oyigbo Local Government is one of the biggest in terms of population in the state. Miscreants woke up one morning because people are doing End SARS protest and began to kill innocent people.
“They burnt down police stations, killed police officers and soldiers and destroyed courts.
“When you say ‘what you’re doing is wrong, we can’t allow it’, they say you’re against a particular ethnic group. How can that be? That action almost led to a big violence between this group and that group. I am the governor of the state, how can I allow my state to be a centre of war? That can’t happen.
Speaking, Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi said: “We had a number of complaints from our kiths and kin on the effect of the End SARS protest in the South but it is our belief that we should always base our actions and decisions on facts that we can rely upon rather than rumours. This country is very good in rumour mongering and fake news.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this perhaps can be explained by history. The greatest history in terms of political relationship between the people of the North and the Southern part of the country can always be found deeply rooted here in the Niger Delta area,” he said