The Rivers State Government (RSG) said it has uncovered a plot by some citizens from the State who reside in Abuja to cause a breakdown of law and order in the State with a view to warranting the declaration of a State of Emergency.
In a statement signed and delivered on Wednesday, May 20 to the Atlantic Post in Port Harcourt by the Rivers State Information and Communications Commissioner Paulinus Nsirim, the RSG said these persons have been making attempts to achieve this goal since 2015, but that they have “never succeeded because of God’s intervention”.
The RSG said: “they did everything within their powers to ensure that the 2019 Governorship Election results were not announced but also failed”.
“As the build up for the 2023 elections and jostle for Presidential and Vice-Presidential tickets is gathering momentum, they want to use COVID-19 to create a crisis as if the State is at war with the Federal Government.
“They have decided to create unnecessary tension as if indigenes of Ahoada, Eleme and Port Harcourt are fighting with Northerners not to carry out their legitimate businesses.
There has been farmers and herdsmen clashes in the North, People forget history quickly. Since 2015, there have been farmers/herdsmen clashes in Nasarrawa, Plateau, Taraba, Ebonyi, Cross River, Kaduna, Yobe and Bornu States.
“Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, States like Enugu, Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Edo and Kaduna States have been intercepting lorries carrying human beings instead of foodstuffs.
“This is the same thing that the Rivers State Government is doing to protect the State from COVID-19.
“Bandits have been killing innocent people in Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States and indigenes of these States, no matter their political differences, are working together to protect their States.
“But here in Rivers State, instead of supporting our efforts, these Abuja politicians are busy looking for a State of Emergency because they want to acquire power.
“We are alarmed at these hideous plots against our State. Rivers State has never fought a war with strangers or neighbours.
“Our fight against COVID-19 is to protect the lives of everyone living and doing business in the State.
“We are aware that some shameless politicians are playing politics with COVID-19.
“No wonder one of the respected chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had to expose their plan to use COVID-19 to launch into the politics of the State.
“This is what we see in the lives of ungodly, dangerous and power hungry people who claim to love the State.
“After their clandestine meetings they have voted huge sums of money to entice and recruit gullible persons to carry out their plan”, it stated further.”
The RSG said it therefore calls on all patriotic Rivers State people to be on the alert “to resist the devilish plans of these unpatriotic elements who connive with enemies of the State to cause confusion”, saying that “as a State, we have always defeated these sadists, and with God on our side, we shall overcome them”.