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Rivers Crisis: Non-indigenes appeal to Buhari

24 June 2015, 13:22 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Non-indigenes in the Rivers State have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene following alleged threats by Governor Nyesom Wike to victimise them.

Under the aegis of the Endangered Non Indigenes Forum in Rivers State (EINFRS), the non-indigenes pleaded with Jonathan to come to their rescue amid the alleged threat by Wike to crack down on them as part of his determination to deal ruthlessly with associates and loyalties of the immediate past Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

"Mr President, you have through your sagacity and revolutionary leadership since your inauguration as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces brought peace, tranquility and integration to all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic and tribal backgrounds," part of the petition signed by the Forum’s Secretary General, Dr Ndubuisi Nwakadibia, read.

He said it was "sad" that unlike other states enjoying peace and democracy, Wike had since his inauguration as the Governor of Rivers State, made it a policy to torment indigenes for supporting Buhari's candidature instead of that of Dr Jonathan Goodluck, the former President, during the March Presidential election.

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"He has embarked upon on an ignoble decimation of APC structures, retrenchment, sack, intimidation, harassment and victimisation of non-indigenes, particularly APC members and supporters resident in Rivers State."

Nwakadibia said through the petition, they were appealing to Buhari to call Wike to order and save them from unwarranted, unprecedented and provocative onslaught against them for failing to identify with his "evil agenda" against us and the people of Rivers State.

"As we told you (Buhari) during our Town Hall Meeting with you at Obi Wali's International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt in March, 2015, we have no other State to go to apart from Rivers State as most of us were born in Rivers State and for Chief Wike to continue to intimidate us in a State we have contributed much to build is not our ideal of democracy.”

The call came on the heels of report that the eight-man Committee set up by Chief Wike to compile the names of non-indigenes in the State Civil Service and business outfits belonging to non-indigenes has secretly submitted its report.

According to the report, the crackdown will be in phases and will start with the sack of non-indigenous civil servants starting from third week of July.

- CAJ News


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