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Rivers killings: Buhari should have consulted me first, says Wike

17 March 2016, 06:52

Port Harcourt – The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has reportedly taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, describing as "unfortunate" his threat to deal "decisively and ruthlessly" with the perpetrators of violence in the state without consulting him.

Buhari on Tuesday criticized the recent violence in Rivers State, which according to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) saw at least 32 of its members being shot, clubbed and beheaded.

"We will deal decisively with all sponsors of violence. I have given the security services clear directives in this regard.

"We will show that violence in any form will no longer be tolerated before, during or after elections," Buhari was quoted as saying.

Buhari said this during an interactive session with Nigerians in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

But, according to Vanguard, Wike said he had expected Buhari to consult him first - as the chief security officer of Rivers State - on matters relating to the security of the state before commenting.

He said he would not be commenting on the issue until he met with the president.

- News24 Nigeria


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