Wike made the statement while on a courtesy visit to Sokoto where he met Sultan Muhammad Sa'ad at his palace on Sunday, January 1.
The governor said: “Leaders and people of Niger Delta will always strive to defend the unity of Nigeria, because to them, the country remaining as one indivisible entity is 'non negotiable' and of paramount importance.
“Let me first of all sincerely thank you, our father the Sultan, for what you are doing for this country, working tirelessly to ring peace and to bring unity to the people. So for all of us this is what is meant by one Nigeria. Sultan of Sokoto and Governor Wike
“We cannot run away from this country. The unity of this country is very, very paramount. The unity of this country is non- negotiable. I am from the Niger Delta, from Rivers State to be specific so I cannot see us in a divided country. No way. We stand for the unity of this country.”
Wike said he was in Sokoto to felicitate with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the state who gave out his daughter in marriage and saluted the Sultan for his leadership of the Muslim community in Nigeria.“Tambuwal is my friend for a long time. If anything affects him, it affects me also. If he gives out his daughter in marriage, I have to be here to support him. If any problem happens to him, it affects me as well.
“Your Eminence I am here to seek your royal blessing. You have blessed me before, that is why I am growing. So let me wish you a prosperous new year ahead.”
Wike admitted that his administration was focused on protecting national assets which was why pipeline vandalism was hardly recorded. “In Rivers you hardly find pipeline vandalisation. We are working at all times to protect national assets in our state. In my state, I am governor for all the people living in the state. I am not a governor of a particular political party, but a governor for all the people of Rivers State.”
Tambuwal and the Sultan later called for peace as they wished the citizens a Happy New Year full of blessing.