“I Wish To Thank The President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, For His Fatherly Intervention Which Opened A Series Of Communication Channels To Facilitate The Timely Resolution Of The Festering Crises“
The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for his intervention in recent political feud with his predecessor, Nyesom Wike saying it has opened a series of communication channels aimed at arriving at a peaceful resolution of the crisis.
He described the crisis as “regrettable anxieties of the last few days,” adding that it was important to make sacrifices for peace to reign.
Fubara stated this in a release titled, “Peace is priceless”, which he posted on Saturday on his X platform and obtained by newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
While recalling the bombing of the state House of Assembly complex and the division among lawmakers, the governor explained that his visit to the House was to assess the level of damage caused by the fire and undertake remedial measures to protect lives and property within the assembly complex.
The governor also offered apologies to the people of the state over the recent political battle between and the his predecessor, Wike who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
Governor Fubara said; “Peace Is Priceless; My Dear Good People Of Rivers State. I Consider It Necessary To Issue This Press Statement On The Developments Of The Past Few Days In Our Dear State. Late On Sunday Night, 29th October 2023, I Was Inundated With Reports That The Hallowed Chamber Of The Rivers State House Of Assembly Has Been Gutted By Fire.
“The Blaze Was Successfully Put Out By The Fire Service, After Which Security Agencies Took Control Of The Situation. My Visit To The Assembly Complex On Monday, 30th October 2023 Was To Assess The Level Of Damage And Undertake Remedial Measures To Protect Lives And Property Within The Assembly Complex.
“I Charged The Security Agencies To Thoroughly Investigate The Incident And Report To Me. Shortly After, I Got Reports That The State House Of Assembly Had Broken Into Two Factions: One Claiming To Have Impeached And Suspended The House Leader And 3 Others Preparatory To Initiating An Impeachment Action Against Me, And The Other Rival Faction Impeaching The Speaker And Deputy Speaker, Thus Sparking Off Some Form Of Political Crisis.
“I Wish To Thank The President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, For His Fatherly Intervention Which Opened A Series Of Communication Channels To Facilitate The Timely Resolution Of The Festering Crises. I Wish To Also Thank Our Elders Who Are Currently Intervening In The Matter. Let Me Clearly State That My Actions Are Aimed At Restoring Peace And Stability In Our State. I Am A Man Of Peace And As Governor, The Advancement Of Our State Is My Primary Concern. Consequently, No Sacrifice Is Too Much For Me To Make To Achieve This Objective.
“Furthermore, It Is The Collective Responsibility Of The Immediate Past Governor And Minister Of The Federal Capital Territory, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, Life Bencher And My Humble Self, To Leverage On Our Positions And Influences Within And Outside The State To Advance The Progress, Security And Well-Being Of Our People.
“We Must Therefore Not Allow Circumstances That Could Retard All Efforts At Achieving Greatness For Our People To Prevail. On My Part, I Am Always Willing And Ready To Embrace The Path To Lasting Peace And Tranquility With A Commitment To Consummating All Efforts And Initiatives By Mr. President And Other Well-Meaning Nigerians, Including My Brother Governors And The Elders. I Assure The Good People And Youths Of Rivers State, That Peace Will Certainly Prevail And We Shall Continue To Work Together To Advance The Peace, Security, Progress And Development Of Our State.
“As Governor, I Sincerely Apologise To The Good People Of Rivers State For The Regrettable Anxieties Of The Last Few Days, While Thanking You All For Your Concerns, And Continued Support, Love, And Prayers.”