Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has alleged that the Federal Government deliberately ignored his appeals to deploy a special force to checkmate the activities of criminals in the state when it was faced with serious security challenges.
The governor stated that security in Rivers State has been politicized, saying the Federal Government has persistently deployed and redeployed Commissioners of Police in the state.
Wike noted that despite attempts by agents of the Federal Government to cripple his administration from the onset, he has remained undaunted even as a second term governor in the delivery of democracy dividends to the people of the state.
He spoke during the inauguration of the ultramodern Government House clinic and Administrative Building in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
His words: “Since 2015, we have had about 15 Commissioners of Police, just to make sure Rivers State does not move forward. But nobody is God. They go to their ministers to choose Commissioner of Police for our state so that what will happen? To come and make the state ungovernable? But God does not think so.
“I know what we passed through in the hands of the ruling government. No state government has been harassed like Rivers State government, not one. But I will never give up. I will continue to do what I think is for the best interest of the people of Rivers State because they gave me the privilege.”
Wike said he could presently walk round the entire Rivers State without security aides because his administration and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have fulfilled their promise to transform the state for the benefit of all.
“I have not disappointed the people of Rivers State and I have not disappointed the party that gave me the privilege to contribute my own quota to the development of the state. But for politics, I don’t think there will be need for any Rivers man or woman to think of any other party,” he added.
Wike said the new Government House Clinic, which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art operating theatre, top anaesthesia ventilator, ICU Room, Endoscopy Suite, MRI Machines, Laboratory, Pharmacy and 24 hours ambulance service would serve elder statesmen, Government House personnel, judges and legislators.