Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has denied asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to visit the state, but insisted that he must not come over the spate of insecurity.
Wike stated this on Monday in Port Harcourt, the state capital when he appeared on Channels Television’s Breakfast Programme Sunrise Daily.
“I never said that President Buhari should not come to Rivers State and I can never say it. The President is the President of the country. He has the right to come to Rivers State,” he said.
The Governor however argued that Rivers State is not faced with security challenges and does not need presidential solidarity visit.
“What I disagreed with is that, if you (Buhari) are coming because of insecurity. No. An armed robber operated and killed 15 people. This is not the same thing that daily herdsmen are attacking people and could lead to religious or ethnic war. That is the point I made.
“For example in Lagos State, armed robbers have killed about five people at a time. In Ogun State, people have died, cultists have killed people. So, I never said that the President should not come to Rivers State and I can never say that,” Wike explained.