Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has cautioned opposition politicians in the state against politicizing the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to flag-off of the much talked-about Ogoni clean-up.
Wike in a state-wide broadcast on the eve of the visit of the President said politicizing the flag-off posed a threat to the security of the state.
He cautioned “desperate” politicians to desist from making inflammatory and unguarded statements about the president’s visit, noting that Buhari was coming to the state, not for political reasons, but to kickstart a programme that was significant to the people.
He said the clean-up of Ogoni was a developmental feat of the incumbent Federal administration and not a political propaganda.
The Governor also announced the temporary ban of ‘Okada’ in Gokana and Khana Local government areas.
He said the measure which would take effect between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m, was aimed at maintaining security in the area during and after the president’s visit.
“As part of measures to enhance security during Mr President’s visit, I, hereby, place a ban on the operations of motorcycles and tricycles in Gokana
and Khana local government areas between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. today. The security agencies have been directed to enforce this ban and ensure full compliance.
“I call on Rivers people, particularly the people of Ogoniland, to come out in great number and give our president a rousing welcome during his visit.
“Mr President’s visit to the state is both historic and significant. It is historic because it marks his first official visit to the state since assuming office as the
president of this great nation.
“It is most significant because Mr President is not on a political mission, but to kickstart the largest environmental clean-up in our nation’s history, for
which Rivers people and, indeed, the Niger Delta will remain grateful,” he said.
Governor Nyesom Wike appealed to the people of the state to be peaceful during the visit.
“Be law-abiding and demonstrate the traditional Rivers hospitality towards Mr President and his distinguished entourage throughout the visit”, he appealed.