The safety of President Buhari on his planned visit to Rivers State, which is scheduled for today, 2 June, was in jeopardy when a member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) warned that he may be risking his life.
However, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers says Buhari is safe. He promises safety ahead of the President’s visit, announcing that the government would put every measure in place to ensure that the state was safe for the presidential visit to achieve its purpose.
Gov. Wike described the anticipated visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is for the purpose of launching the Ogoni cleanup programme, as historic, adding that it was not a political mission.
According to him, the visit is a good omen for the state since it is to kick-start the cleanup of oil exploration-induced pollution on Ogoniland.
The governor also said that Rivers people and the Niger Deltans will remain grateful for this visit, urging Rivers people to come out in mass to welcome Mr. president.
“We have, therefore, banned the use of motorcycles and tricycles in Gokana and Khana Local Government Areas for the period between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday.
“I call on Rivers people to be peaceful, law-abiding and demonstrate the traditional Rivers hospitality towards the president and his distinguished entourage throughout the visit.
“As I have noted earlier, Mr. President is here as the father of the nation, who cares about the environmental and developmental challenges that we face,’’ Wike said.
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This would be the first time Buhari is visiting Rivers State since he became president. We are positive that with these measures put in place by Wike, the Presidential visit will turn out successful.