Jonathan Calls For Peace in Rivers State

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called  Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, to end the crisis rocking Rivers State, urging them to collaborate.

Jonathan made the call on Monday while flagging off the Trans-Kalabari Road, noting that the political tension in Rivers State is worrisome.

He said, “Outgoing governors and incoming governors must know that they work together for the collective interest of the citizens of the state and that is critical.” 

“In the case of Rivers, Honourable Minister Nyesom Wike and Governor Sim Fubara must work together to develop the lands and people of Rivers State. The tension will not help us.”

“So, I urge political actors, you must work together if you love the Rivers people. I join the leaders of Rivers State and the well-meaning Nigerians that have been calling for truce and ceasefire to also reemphasise that there is a need for a ceasefire,” Jonathan said. “Let us do things that would rather project the state.”

“We are calling on them [Wike and Fubara] to embrace themselves. One hand does not clap. It takes two hands to clap. So, we want them to work together for the collective interest,” Jonathan added.

The political crisis between Fubara and his predecessor has been on since last year, in what started as a little disagreement has escalated.

It would be recalled that some commissioners loyal to Wike have resigned – for the second time, intensifying their brawl with Fubara. Although the President earlier interfered in the matter, but the peace pact seemed not to hold.

Worried by the unending conflict, Jonathan has called for peace between the duo. He argued that the stability of the oil-rich state is crucial to the nation’s development.

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