Governor Wike addressing a gathering (photo: Rivers govt)

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has insinuated that killings in some parts of Nigeria have prevented the federal government from declaring a state of emergency in Rivers.

The governor revealed that he urged the people of Rivers to pray for what became herdsmen-farmers crises in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Zamfara and Kogi, to divert the attention of the central government from his state.

Wike, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made this known while speaking at an event organised by the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

”When there was so much insecurity in this state I was pleading with them but the Federal government refused to support me. Rather they were looking for an opportunity to declare a state of emergency,” he said.

“So, I came back home to tell my people to kneel down and pray; Let there be problems everywhere. So, they don’t talk about me again. They are now talking about Zamfara, Kogi, Benue, Taraba and Plateau.

“Let them come and declare state of emergency in Rivers state now. They have to go back and say God, sorry for what we have done to Rivers state.”