•Rivers for Nigeria’s unity, says Wike
Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Saad Abubakar yesterday said ongoing agitations in the country are symptoms of the rot in the system.
The Sultan spoke at his palace in Sokoto when he received Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who paid him a Sallah homage.
The sultan said: “In the past, a lot of things were done by some people with impunity and nothing was done.
“That is why you find lack of good governance now weighing us down now in the country.
“However, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut it and throw away,” the monarch said.
Abubakar stressed the need to use dialogue to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.
The royal father said Nigerians should sit together, brainstorm, look at what went wrong, retrace our steps and move forward.
The Sultan also appealed to statesmen in the nation to intervene and assist in this direction.
According to the monarch, we are not short of statesmen across the country and they should help in championing the dialogue.
“We should not allow sentiments to rule our heads. Nigeria is a very big and lucky country and we have no any other nation we can call our own.
“We should love one another irrespective of any religious, ethnic or cultural differences,” Abubakar said.
He also extolled the developmental strides of Wike in Rivers, as well as his existing relationship with the Muslim community there.
Wike said the people and government of Rivers believed in the indivisibility of Nigeria.
He averred that there were better ways to solve the agitations and problems of Nigeria, rather than a pondering on a break up.
“Rivers and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand.
“The Sultan is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in Nigeria and beyond.
“We have also been friends with (Governor Aminu) Tambuwal since and before his emergence as Speaker House of Representatives and this will be sustained in spite of party differences,” Wike averred.
Tambuwal, who accompanied Wike to the palace, said the visit would not have come at a better time than now, and restated his belief in the unity of Nigeria.
The governor said the visit would help to strengthen the bond of unity between the two states.
Those in Wike’s entourage include former Rivers Governor Celestine Omehia, former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secundus, former NBA President OCJ Okocha, Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amanayabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Amanayabo og Abonnema, King Gbobo Bob-Manuel and Oda of Abua, King Kelly Obunge, among others.