Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday, November 6, supported the agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria.
1st News had reported that several Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo; as well as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG); Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had called for the restructuring of the country in order to prevent its “total break up.”
During a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt; led by a delegation of the All Nigeria Anglican Communion by the Primate, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba; Wike advised those agitating for secession to rather strive for the restructuring of Nigeria.
He noted that this would foster the much-desired unity in the country.
Further, he stressed that the people of Rivers State have for decades lived peacefully with Nigerians from other parts of the country.
However, Wike expressed regret that criminals under the aegis of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB); had misconstrued the peaceful disposition of Rivers to carry out illegal activities, like hoisting of their flags in Rivers’ communities.
According to Wike, Rivers State was peaceful during the #EndSARS protests until IPOB members unleashed unprovoked attacks and killed six soldiers, four policemen, and destroyed all police stations and court buildings in Oyigbo.
He said: “We need the unity of this country. What everybody is talking about is the restructuring of this country. If we are practising federalism, let it be federalism. We can’t be talking about federalism but we are practising a unitary system of government.”
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday, November 6, implored the Federal Government to quickly attend to their demands noting that they are tired of ongoing strike action.
This was contained in a statement issued at a press conference by the Akure Zone of the Union.
It comprises the Chairman of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Dr Olayinka Awopetu, Ekiti State University, Dr Kayode Arogundade, Obafemi Awolowo University, also Dr Adeola Egbedokun and Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Dr. Gabriel Omonijo.
In the statement, ASUU said that the lingering industrial action of the union was to get the FG to fulfil the agreement of 2013 and 2019 and also not primarily about Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS).
Furthermore, ASUU bemoaned the fact that children of Nigerians attending public schools have been sitting at home due to the strike action embarked upon by the union.