The State government alleged that the planners of the crisis are Rivers politicians resident in Abuja.
The alarm was raised in a statement by the Commissioner for Information in the state, Paulinus Nsirim.
Nsirim further stated that the characters behind the plot were the same persons whose alleged plan, “to declare a State of Emergency in the State since 2015 has not succeeded because of God’s intervention.”
He noted that the plan was to use the outbreak of Coronavirus to launch the attack in the State, adding that huge sums of funds have been deployed to fund the purpose.
The Rivers State government expressed concern that the Federal government may be in tune with the plan despite the stability of security in the State against reports of persistent bandits attacks from Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno States.
“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.”
“People forget history quickly. Since 2015, there have farmers/herdsmen clashes in Nasarrawa, Plateau, Taraba, Ebonyi, Cross River, Kaduna, Yobe and the Borno States.”
“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 the 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 the 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.”
“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.”
“All patriotic Rivers State indigenes are hereby placed on alert to resist the devilish plans of these unpatriotic elements who connive with enemies of the State to cause confusion.”
“As a State, we have always defeated these sadists and with God on our side, we shall overcome them,” he said.
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