The agitation for the actualization of a sovereign state of Biafra suffered a blow yesterday from a respected voice in the Niger Delta region.
IPOB and other Biafran separatists claim ownership of the land from the Niger down to the Atlantic ocean.
Some Niger Deltans have vigorously refuted that claim, insisting that they either create another country or remain in Nigeria.
Well, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has come out to state the position of most Niger Deltans.
Wike made the statement when he paid a courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto yesterday, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.
Wike said, “Let me first of all sincerely thank you, our father the Sultan, for what you are doing for this country.
“You have been working tirelessly to bring peace and unity to the people.
“So for all of us, this is what is meant by one Nigeria.
“We cannot run away from this country.
“The unity of this country is very, very paramount. The unity of this country is non-negotiable.
“Leaders and people of Nigeria will always strive to defend the unity of Nigeria.
“This is because the country must remain as one indivisible entity and this is ‘non-negotiable.
“It is of paramount importance.
“So I cannot see us in a divided country. No way. We stand for the unity of this country.
Wike went on to state that his administration has put a lot of time and resources to protect national assets.
“In Rivers, you hardly find pipeline vandalism.
“We are working at all times to protect national assets in our state.
“In my state, I am governor for all the people living in the state.
“I am not a governor of a particular political party, but a governor for all the people of Rivers State.”
Governor Wike was in Sokoto state to felicitate with his colleague, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, who gave out his daughter in marriage on Saturday.
He equally dispelled the notion that his relationship with Tambuwal had a political connotation.