Governor Wike has said he do not take order from Abuja.
The governor said this while speaking during a press briefing on Friday. He stated that Rivers State does not have N10bn to make isolation centres to treat Rivers people, hence they would fight against any plan to infect the state with COVID-19.
According to him, the state government is ready to fight and protect its people rather than endanger lives by allowing oil companies and expatriates enter the state.
Lamenting further the governor said Nigeria is not a military government but a federal state.
Speaking further he said “I’m not one of the ‘Beggar governors’ who visit Abuja to beg for funds for their states. I will only receive instructions when there is a dialogue with Buhari, he added.
“I don’t take order from Abuja but from Rivers people. If they want to work with me they should come, I will not go and beg them. If they want war we will fight and I will make sure people of Rivers State are protected from coronavirus.
They are not happy that PortHarcourt has low count, they want to wipe Rivers State out but I won’t allow it. They want to control everybody, they won’t control me.
“You order poor masses who survive on daily pay to lockdown, but you give corporate bodies license to go about their daily activities and flout a Rivers State government order on lockdown. We can’t let them go free, we would not punish the poor and give excuses for the rich.
My people wouldn’t die. I’m not against the federal government, what are we fighting for, but I will do what is right if you want me to work with you, talk with me and don’t give me a directive.
Nobody can use Rivers state as a toy, If you don’t like me, that will encourage me to like myself. Even my father has never given directive but calls me and has a dialogue for a way out, but you that is not my father will issue directive so you can kill Rivers people.
Akara sellers in Lagos trying to make daily income are chased out of the street and carried to court, but they said we should leave oil companies and allow them to operate and fly.
“We are not in a military government where you will sit down in your office and direct me. I’m not one of those governors that will come to Abuja to ask for help, so don’t issue me a directive when you were elected like me.
The lockdown is not for the poor alone; it includes everybody.”