Abuja - The All Progressives Congress has decried the spate of violence and disruption of social and economic activities in the Rivers State amid protests by the indigenous people of Biafra.
The party condemned the protests as “barbaric” and” unwarranted” as they violated the rights of innocent people.
“We also condemn the attack and destruction of symbols of state and billboards of churches by the Biafra protesters,” said APC Rivers spokesperson, Chris Finebone.
He said the party noted with a “heavy heart” the level of ineptitude displayed by the Rivers State Government amid the protests.
“More disturbing to the APC is the fact that even as security agents battled with extreme caution to contain the sporadic protesting groups, the Rivers State Government suddenly developed inexplicable laissez-faire attitude making many to believe that the protests enjoyed the tacit support of the government,” said Finebone.
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“However, given the sensitive question of Biafra and indeed any self-determination agitation for that matter, the APC advisedly observed dignified quietude, not wanting to be seen to play politics with a very serious issue of national security."
Finebone said this was despite the discomfort, assault and humiliation that innocent people suffered in the hands of the irate mobs at several locations in Port Harcourt and environs.
Last evening, State Governor, Nyesom Wike banned street protests as demonstrators advocated for the independence of the Biafra.
However, Finebone said the APC believed Wike was yet to brief Rivers people of the content of demand presented to him by the Biafra protesters when they marched to Government House, Port Harcourt during the first protest.
“We urge Gov Nyesom Wike to go beyond his superficial broadcast of yesterday and tell the honest story behind the seeming romance between him and the Biafra agitators.”
- News 24