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Gov Fubara Apologises To Rivers People Over Crisis With Ex-Gov. Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has apologised to the people of the state over the recent political crisis in the state.

Governor Fubara described the crisis as “regrettable anxieties of the last few days,” stating that it was important to make sacrifices for peace to reign in Rivers State.

The governor made this known in a signed statement titled ‘Peace is Priceless’, emphasising the need to work towards peace, which was issued to the press in Port Harcourt last Saturday.

During his visit to the House of Assembly, he addressed the bombing incident and the division among lawmakers. He explained that he went there to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by the fire and to implement necessary measures to safeguard the lives and property within the assembly complex.

Governor Fubara thanked President Bola Tinubu for his intervention, which he said opened a series of communication channels aimed at arriving at a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

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According to him, no sacrifice was too much for him to make, saying it is the collective responsibility of his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, and himself to use their positions to advance the progress, security, and well-being of the people.

The full text of the press statement reads:

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, October 29, 2023, I was inundated with reports that the hallowed chamber of the Rivers State House of Assembly had 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, October 30, 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 it 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 three 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, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, 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, His Excellency, Chief Barrister, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, GSSRS, Life Bencher, and my humble self to leverage 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 tranquillity 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 youth 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.

May God continue to bless our dear Rivers State.






November 3, 2023

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