Abuja - Rivers State youth defended the recent protests against the four governors that visited state governor, Rotimi Ameachi.
The protests, which resulted in extensive damage of property in Port Harcourt, have been widely condemned.
However, Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), which was at the forefront of the protest, vindicated the youth.
“There was a peaceful protest at the airport on Tuesday because Rivers people are not happy with the visit of the northern governors to our state; they should stay in their states because Rivers people can solve their political problems by themselves,” said Samuel Nwanosike, GDI Secretary General.
He denied the protests had turned violent.
The state police also denied the allegation by the Rivers State government that the governors’ convoy was attacked.
“Nothing like that happened because adequate security was provided at the airport to forestall any untoward development,” State Police Public Relations Officer, Angela Agabe, said.
Youths were protesting the presence of Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), who is also chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum.
These were on a solidarity visit to Ameachi, who is suspended from the ruling People's Democratic Party.
- CAJ News