The Rivers State Governor stated this on Tuesday when he received traditional rulers at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Wike further stated that Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor local government area was shut down to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
“When they started relocating the almajiri in the North, the Federal Government said nothing. Immediately they heard that we have relocated some almajiri, they came up with the declaration that it is against the inter-state movement. Why this double standard?” he said.
He charged traditional rulers to set up a task force in their different communities to ensure that markets, hotels and beer parlours across the state remained closed.
Wike also called on chairmen of local government are to help the traditional rulers to implement the directive.
The Rivers State Governor threatened to punish anyone who violates the State’s directive on the use of face masks and the closure of markets.
“As the hotels remain closed, those coming in will have nowhere to stay. When we are safe, we can enjoy what we can. I am not doing this because I hate anyone, but it is for the protection of our people.”
“No human being will see death and embrace it. We cannot kill ourselves. The only solution is to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene.”