Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has deplored bandits attack in Sokoto State and commiserated with the government and the Sultan over the unwarranted and babaric killing of innocent citizens by bandits.
Wike stated this when he and the Sokoto State governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, paid a courtesy call on His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto in his palace.
Wike expressed dismay over the wanton killing of innocent citizens by bandits in Sokoto and other parts of the country.
“We have had a long standing relationship and so the people of Rivers State have told me to commiserate with you and your people. I’m sorry for what happened and we believe God will give the families that have lost their loved ones the courage and strength to bear this unnecessary loss of lives”
The governor, who was accompanied by a delegation of Rivers’ elders, also thanked the Sultan for the role he has been playing to ensure the stability of the country.
” You’ve been trying to stabilise religious and ethnic groups to understand we have no other country than our country called Nigeria.
Wike said it takes somebody who has passion and love for the country to play the kind of role the Sultan has been playing to ensure stability and unity of the nation.
In his response, The Sultan thanked Gov. Wike and the Rivers’ delegation for the brotherly visit.
He blamed lack of love for the prevalence of killings, confusion and acrimonious relationship among Nigerians.
He assured that he will continue to build bridges and cement relationship between the peoples of Sokoto and Rivers States.
He commended Gov. Wike for his consistent visit to him, particularly during festive period and for supporting the government and people of Sokoto State.
The Sultan further appreciated Wike for his unprecedented developmental strides in Rivers State.
Wike was accompanied by the Rivers State chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amb. Desmond Akawor, Sen. Olaka Nwaogu, Sen. Lee Maeba, Mr Ledum Mitee & DG, Rivers State Bureau on Public Procurement, Mr. Igonibo Thompson.