Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

There is a clandestine planned to cause mayhem in Rivers state so as to compel the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the state said the state government.

The allegation was made by the Rivers State Government which alleged that it has uncovered plans by some citizens of the State who reside in Abuja to cause a breakdown of law and order in the State with a view to warranting the declaration of a State of Emergency.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, said these persons have been making attempts to achieve this goal since 2015, but that they have “never succeeded because of God’s intervention”.

According to the statement, “they did everything within their powers to ensure that the 2019 Governorship Election results were not announced but also failed”.

Meanwhile, the statement continued, “as the build-up for the 2023 elections and jostle for Presidential and Vice-Presidential tickets is gathering momentum, they want to use COVID-19 to create a crisis as if the State is at war with the Federal Government.

“They have decided to create unnecessary tension as if indigenes of Ahoada, Eleme, and Port Harcourt are fighting with Northerners not to carry out their legitimate businesses”, it stated.

The statement recalled that there had been farmers and herdsmen clashes in the North, saying that “People forget history quickly. Since 2015, there have been farmers/herdsmen clashes in Nasarrawa, Plateau, Taraba, Ebonyi, Cross River, Kaduna, Yobe, and the Bornu States.

“Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, States like Enugu, Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Edo and  Kaduna States have been intercepting lorries carrying human beings instead of foodstuffs.

“This is the same thing that the Rivers State Government is doing to protect the State from COVID-19. “Bandits have been killing innocent people in Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara and the Kaduna States and indigenes of these States, no matter their political differences, are working together to protect their States

.“But here in Rivers State, instead of supporting our efforts, these Abuja politicians are busy looking for the State of Emergency because they want to acquire power.

“We are alarmed at these hideous plots against our State. Rivers State has never fought a war with strangers or neighbours.

“Our fight against COVID-19 is to protect the lives of everyone living and doing business in the State. “We are aware that some shameless politicians are playing politics with COVID-19.

“No wonder one of the respected chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had to expose their plan to use COVID-19 to launch into the politics of the State.

“This is what we see in the lives of ungodly, dangerous, and power-hungry people who claim to love the State. “After their clandestine meetings they have voted huge sums of money to entice and recruit gullible persons to carry out their plan”, it stated further.

The statement, therefore called on all patriotic Rivers State indigenes to be on alert “to resist the devilish plans of these unpatriotic elements who connive with enemies of the State to cause confusion”, saying that “as a State, we have always defeated these sadists, and with God on our side, we shall overcome them”.