Rivers - The Patriots Alliance (TPA), has condemned the incessant violence characterising anti-Nigeria protests that have rocked Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
“We distance every Rivers son and daughter from what is clearly a declaration of war on the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” said Solomon Okocha, an executive with the organisation.
He said as law abiding citizens, TPA believed that any group within Nigeria that wanted an autonomous country should endeavour to maintain a peaceful disposition while going about it.
“We also believe that while they are agitating for their so called freedom, the rights and privileges of other citizens of Nigeria must be respected. We completely frown at a situation where citizens and residents of Rivers State are manhandled and intimidated in the guise of secessionists protests.”
Okocha said for the record, at no time did the multi-ethnic nationalities of Rivers State subscribe to any separatists ideology.
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“The people of Rivers State wholeheartedly believe in the non-negotiable unity of Nigeria, therefore, anybody or group of persons who imports strange supremacist and secessionist distractions to our peaceful shores, has decided to be tagged as a dangerous rebel.”
Okocha argued the people of Iwhuoroha, Wakirike, Etche, Kalabari, Abua, Ibani, Ekpeye, Ogba, Eleme, Ogoni and Obolo had always lived together peacefully in Rivers State.
“Let it be known to those who unnecessarily fan the embers of discord, that we have no other country than Nigeria, and we are not about to destroy that age long position with any mundane, malicious, and premature agitation for division,” said Okocha
He said TPA was grateful to police for quelling an insurrection but frowned at the belated address by the Governor of Rivers State, banning the violent protests in Rivers State, we had expected a more proactive approach to such indiscretion.
“We know the atrocities that were carried out against our people by those who want to own our land by all means. We know it all. Nobody should remind us of our pain.”
- CAJ News