The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has said that it knows the personality behind the increasing tensions in the south east and south south zones of the country occasioned by pro-Biafra protesters calling for the immediate release of detained Director of pirate radio, Radio Biafra.
In a statement signed by the spokesman of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone, the party alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike’s display of ineptitude led to the escalation of the protests carried out by pro-Biafra agitators which has grounded both social and economic activities in the state capital, Port Harcourt.
According to the Daily Post, Chris Finebone in the statement said: “More disturbing to the APC is the fact that even as security agents battled with extreme caution to contain the sporadic protesting groups, the Rivers State Government suddenly developed inexplicable laissez-faire attitude making many to believe that the protests enjoyed the tacit support of the government.”
“the obvious incompetence and cluelessness the Rivers State Government displayed before and throughout the period the orgy of protests lasted. We see the eventual broadcast by Gov. Nyesom Wike condemning and banning further pro-Biafra protests as medicine-after-death, face-saving and dishonest. A purposeful and focused government was supposed to have understood the enormity and implication of a sensitive issue such as Biafra agitation and timeously mobilized and engaged critical sections of the populace such as the traditional leaders and others to reject any attempts by external agitators from encroaching and desecrating the sanctity of the territorial integrity of Rivers State under whatever guise.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the APC is not averse to any group in Nigeria embarking on any form of lawful agitation but we frown at unlawfully interfering with the peaceful existence of others in the name of agitation or protest as have happened twice in the past couple of weeks in Port Harcourt. We detest any group of agitators leaving their lawful locations to violate the territorial integrity of Rivers State in the name of protest. For example, the indigenous people of Ogoni have not at any time taken their agitation for a better life for their people outside of Rivers State.
“The APC condemns the barbaric and unwarranted attack on innocent people of all shades and background by the protesters. We also condemn the attack and destruction of symbols of state and billboards of churches by the Biafra protesters.”
Recall that pro-Biafra protesters under the auspices of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in their thousands started a massive protest in Rivers state.
They marched from Aba, Oyigbo axis of the state, heading to Government House and crippling economic and social activities in the Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway and the East/West road.
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