Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday met with the representatives of the various ethnic groups residing in the state and requested of them to live in peace and harmony with each other.
The meeting arranged under the umbrella of non-indigenes residing in Rivers State, was to provide the appropriate atmosphere for Wike to dispel among others, the rumour making the rounds that he has ordered the army to kill Igbos in the state.
He posited that his administration has nothing against any ethnic group but wants them to unite, resist and flush out trouble makers who are bent on causing disaffection among ethnic nationalities in the state.
It would be recalled that the last two weeks in Port Harcourt has witnessed violence of varying degrees perpetrated by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in some parts of the state.
In the fracas which had semblance of ethnic coloration, properties were torched, lives of civilians and security officers who were on duty to redress the abnormally were lost.
Wike explained that he has never had anything against the Igbos from whom he has enjoyed wide support, except for a few bad elements.
He warned the ethnic groups residing in the state, especially the Hausa/Fulani and the Igbos, to resist the selfish schemes of politicians already nursing ambition for 2023.
The Rivers governor informed the gathering that the State Security Council would meet to review the situation in Oyigbo where a 24-hour curfew has been imposed following the violent activities of IPOB.