Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says his government will never surrender the people’s freedom to anybody or entity.
He stated this on Wednesday during his swearing-in for another term of four years at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The governor said, “We are not a conquered people and we will never surrender our freedoms to anybody or entity, whether internal or external.
“We will therefore not accept to be subjugated to a headmaster and pupil power relationship; neither will we abandon the collective interest of Rivers State for the sake of political expediency.
“We are for the rule of law, democracy and mutual respect as autonomous State entities and co-building blocks of the Nigerian federation.”
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Wike whose second term begins today declared that he will always place Rivers State first in all his actions.
He also promised not to disappoint the people of the state, stressing that his administration is not in opposition to the Federal Government.
“For us, in all things, it is Rivers State first; Rivers State is the measure; Rivers State before others. This is the essence of the political mandate and burden that we will bear for the next four years and we will not disappoint you.
“We will continue to stand up for Rivers State and defend her interest, no matter the challenges or what comes at us,” he stated.
Wike took his oath of office to commence his second term in the presence of thousands of Rivers people and other prominent Nigerians.
Similarly, the Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry Banigo was sworn in for a second term.
Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara administered the oath of office for the governor and his deputy.