The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday, led his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party and some Rivers monarchs to the Palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar.
Also present at the visit were a former acting National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus; a former Governor of Rivers State, Celestine Omehia, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ohueze Okocha (SAN); the Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amanayabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dandeson Jaja, and two other monarchs.
Tambuwal’s media aide, Imam Imam, said in a statement that Wike reiterated the need for Nigeria to remain as one, indivisible and united nation, adding that the government and people of Rivers would not be part of agitation to break up the country.
Wike said every nation in the world had its peculiar challenges as such the onus was on the leaders of Nigeria to find lasting solutions to the various challenges confronting the nation.
He said there were better ways to solve the agitations and problems facing Nigeria, rather than a pondering on a break-up.
“Rivers State and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand. In Sokoto, we have a father in the Sultan. In fact, he is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in this country and beyond.
“I have also been friends with Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, before his emergence as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and this will be sustained despite the fact that we belong to different political parties,” he added.
Tambuwal, who accompanied Wike, had earlier said that the visit could not come at a better time than now and restated his belief in the unity of Nigeria.
The former Speaker said the visit would help to strengthen the bond of unity between the two states.
In his remarks, Sultan Abubakar said ongoing agitations in the country were symptoms of the rot in the Nigerian system.
According to him, lot of things had gone wrong in the past, but hope is not lost.
“A lot of things were done in the past by some people with impunity and nothing was done. That is why you find shortage of good governance now weighing us down in the country. However, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut it and throw it away,” he added.
The Sultan stressed the need to adopt dialogue to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.
The monarch said Nigerians should sit together, brainstorm, look at what went wrong, retrace their steps and move forward.
He appealed to statesmen in the nation to wade in this direction.
The Sultan added, “We are not short of statesmen across Nigeria and they should help the country by championing the dialogue.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )