The Rivers State Government has uncovered plans by some citizens of the State who reside in Abuja to cause a breakdown of law and order in order to declare a State of Emergency.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, in a statement said these persons whose attempts to declare State of Emergency in the State since 2015 had never succeeded because of God’s intervention.
He said they did everything within their powers to ensure that the 2019 Governorship Election results were not announced but also failed.
“As the build up for the 2023 elections and jostle for Presidential and Vice-Presidential tickets is gathering momentum, they want to use COVID-19 to create a crisis as if the State is at war with the Federal Government.
“They have decided to create unnecessary tension as if indigenes of Ahoada, Eleme and Port Harcourt are fighting with Northerners not to carry out their legitimate businesses.
“People forget history quickly. Since 2015, there have farmers/herdsmen clashes in Nasarrawa, Plateau, Taraba, Ebonyi, Cross River, Kaduna, Yobe and Bornu States,” Nsirim said.
He further stated that throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, States like Enugu, Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Edo and Kaduna States havld been intercepting lorries carrying human beings instead of foodstuffs.
Nsirim added that that was the same thing that the Rivers State Government was doing to protect the State from COVID-19.
He said bandits had been killing innocent people in Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States and indigenes of these States no matter their political differences were working together to protect their States.
“But here in Rivers State, instead of supporting our efforts, these Abuja politicians are busy looking for a State of Emergency because they want to acquire power.
“We are alarmed at these hideous plots against our State. Rivers State has never fought a war with strangers or neighbours.
“Our fight against COVID-19 is to protect the lives of everyone living and doing business in the State.
“We are aware that some shameless politicians are playing politics with COVID-19,” Nsirim said.
He said no wonder one of the respected chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had to expose their plan to use COVID-19 to launch into the politics of the State.
“This is what we see in the lives of ungodly, dangerous and power hungry people who claim to love the State.
“After their clandestine meetings they have voted huge sums of money to entice and recruit gullible persons to carry out their plan,” he added.
He said all patriotic Rivers State indigenes were hereby placed on alert to resist the devilish plans of these unpatriotic elements who connived with enemies of the State to cause confusion.
According to him, ” as a State, we have always defeated these sadists and with God on our side, we shall overcome them.”