The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said that the South-South governors will assist the military in fishing out pipeline bombers in the Niger Delta region.
Wike, who spoke on Monday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, when he received Nigeria’s military high command, led by Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, said that no one will be shielded from the military operations against the militants.
He said Niger Delta governors were opposed to the use of violence to settle grievances, adding that the governors will be meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on June 7 to proffer solutions to the security situation in the region.
Wike said: “What is happening affects our state revenue. We shall help the military to fish out militants blowing up oil pipelines in the region.
“As a government, we cannot support economic sabotage. What is going on is economic sabotage. Production is being negatively affected, with the revenue of states dwindling.
“There are ways to channel grievances and it is wrong to do what will negatively affect the people of the region.”
The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and other GOCs, FOCs and AOCs.