Rivers suffered SARS brutalities more than any state, Says Wike
River State governor, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday revealed that no state in Nigeria had suffered the same level of brutality and life-threatening actions from SARS than Rivers State.
The governor said this to the youth of River State during the #EndSARS protest in Port Harcourt saying that SARS has taken the lives of many people in the state.
According to Wike, the Federal government was quiet about the brutality of SARS when it was hitting Rivers State until it started hitting other states in the country.
Wike who initially warned the youth not to engage in any rally said that he was moved to join the protesters because the lives of Rivers state is important to him and his government.
“All of you here supported us to be here. I took an oath to protect lives and property. Every Rivers man or woman’s blood matters to me. What we find in this country is that nobody wants to say the truth", Wike said while addressing the youths.
"As one of the states in this country, when we in Rivers raise alarm in this country, nobody wants to listen. But when it happens in other states, you want me to listen, I won’t do that. No Governor is this country has challenged SARS as Rivers State Government did.
“When there was so much kidnapping in this state, I raised the alarm to the Federal Government; they said it was politics. I then prayed to God that the kidnapping, armed robbery, killings take over the entire country. Has it not taken over the entire country? Now it’s no longer politics.
“No state has suffered in the hands of SARS-like Rivers. I am the only Governor who has come out to openly fight against SARS, that said they must scrap this SARS. No other Governor, not one came out.
“We have lost so many lives in this state in the hands of SARS. I cried and cried about SARS, not one state-supported River. Now, same SARS has gone to kill people in another state; it has now touched them.
"Now that they have killed your own people in another state, they have seen how bad SARS is, you now expect me to come to support you to seek protection, not so. Rivers blood is very important to me.
“Rivers will never play second fiddle to anyone else. Look at a lecturer in the Polytechnic Bori that SARS killed in cold-blooded murder. We cried and cried; everyone saw it. Who in this country ever said let us protest about it?
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