THE Rivers Elders and Leaders’ Council has said they want a return to the 1963 constitution while kicking against the inclusion of Rivers State in Biafra by Biafra agitators in the Southeast.
The Elders say they recall the bitter and unpleasant experiences of the civil war, between 1967 and 1970 declaring that it would never again happen on their soil under their watch or be pushed into it by who they described as Igbo settlers in Rivers.
Speaking through the Chairman the pioneer Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Chief Albert Horsfall on Thursday in Port Harcourt, he said: “Our position is 1963 Nigeria. In 1960, we had Independence Constitution. In 1963, it was turned into law, as a Republican Constitution. We want a return to that situation.

“Biafra has no place whatsoever in Rivers State. Rivers State belongs to Rivers people. The first experience with the place called Biafra, being the Ojukwu's Republic of Biafra, was such an agony for Rivers people, that they do not wish any reference or return to Biafra anymore, ever again.”
On the ongoing insecurity in Rivers State, the elders and leaders also asked the state governor, Nyesom Wike, take the bull by the horns.

They said:  “We intend to send a letter to the Rivers State government, drawing attention to the insecurity in the State) and the consequences thereof. “It is in everybody’s interest that we have security in Rivers State. For the government’s economic policy to work, there has to be security.”


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