The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has on Saturday, stated that the people of the Southern region of the country are not second class citizens, and therefore, must partake in what is happening in the country, .
He stated that he will implement the ban on open grazing as resolved by Southern States Governors.
Governor Wike added that he cannot be cowed by anybody, no matter how highly placed, stressing that, there is no going back on the decision to ban open grazing in Rivers State.
He said this at a grand reception in his honour, by the people of the Ogoni ethnic nationality, in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the State, as he was conferred with a Chieftaincy title by the Ogoni people, led by the Chairman, Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, HRM King Godwin Giniwa.
He stated that Rivers State belongs to people from every part of the State, urging the people of Ogoni to resist any form of intimidation by anyone who wants them to take the back seat in the scheme of things.
His words: “Nobody should play God. We will flog them again. Militarization of election will not work. Did they not bring Army before? Did it work? We will flog them again.
“Nobody can cow me. The government cannot cow me. I will say my mind, and I will do what is right for my people. Nobody can kill me before my time. I will die the day God wants me to die.
“Let me also tell those who are criticizing Southern Governors’ ban on open grazing, let me inform them that I have taken further steps to enforce what the Southern Governors resolved in Asaba.
“If anyone wants to die, let him go and die and hang himself on an electric pole. We (Southern Governors) have taken a decision, and there is no going back. Enough is enough. We are not second-class citizens of this country. We also own this country, and we must partake in what is happening in this country.”
Governor Wike speaking further, said that he has directed the Security Agencies in the State to arrest prominent personalities in the State, that flout the curfew imposed in the State, to check the spate of insecurity.
He stated that any prominent person caught, should be thoroughly dealt with, to serve as a deterrence to others.
“Obey the curfew time. It is very important. I have instructed the Security Agencies to arrest prominent personalities who flout the curfew time, and use them as examples. I am looking for prominent people that I will use as examples”, he stressed.