The Secretary-General of the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike-backed Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), Samuel Nwanosike, has described Tuesday’s protest as peaceful and successful stating that the people of the state were uncomfortable with the visit of four northern governors to the state.
Information Nigeria recalls that governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), who were on a solidarity visit to Governor Rotimi Amaechi yesterday in Port Harcourt, reportedly had their convoy pelted with stones, bottles, sticks and other objects by the irate youths.
But Nwanosike said, “There was a peaceful protest at the airport today (yesterday)”, adding “Rivers people are not happy with the visit of the northern governors to our state; they should stay in their states because Rivers people can solve their political problems by themselves.
“We were about 7,000 protesting. We don’t want them (northern governors) to import Boko Haram to Rivers State” he added.
Meanwhile, the state police command has denied the allegation by the Rivers State government that the governors’ convoy was attacked.
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari had said yesterday shortly after the governors’ visit that a Government House bus was damaged when the youths threw stones and other objects at the convoy of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa
But debunking the allegation, State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Angela Agabe said that “there was no time the governors’ convoy was attacked.
“Nothing like that (attack) happened,” she stressed, adding that adequate security was provided at the airport to forestall any untoward development.