Fubara the governor of Rivers State, has expressed regret to the populace of the state for the recent political unrest. He called the situation the “regrettable anxieties of the last few days” and stated that in order for peace to prevail, sacrifices must be made.

    This was said by Fubara in a signed statement headed “Peace is priceless” that was given to reporters on Saturday in the state capital of Port Harcourt.

    The governor recalled the bombing of the state House of Assembly facility and the split among lawmakers, but he clarified that the purpose of his visit to the House was to evaluate the extent of the fire’s damage and implement corrective actions to safeguard people and property inside the assembly complex.

    He expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for his intervention, claiming it created a line of communication that would help find a peaceful way to end the problem.

    The governor went on to declare that no sacrifice was too great for him, adding that he and his predecessor Nyesom Wike had a shared duty to use their positions to further the welfare, security, and advancement of the populace.

    Dear wonderful people of Rivers State, I feel compelled to make this press statement over the events of the last several days in our beloved state.

    “I was overwhelmed with news late on Sunday, October 29, 2023, that the sacred chamber of the Rivers State House of Assembly had been completely destroyed by fire. Security agencies took charge of the situation after the fire department effectively extinguished the fire.

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    Siminalayi Fubara

    “On Monday, October 30, 2023, I visited the assembly facility to evaluate the extent of the damage and implement corrective actions to safeguard people’s lives and property. I gave the security services instructions to look into the situation in great detail and report back to me.

    “I learned shortly after that the state House of Assembly had split into two factions: one faction claimed to have impeached and suspended the House Leader and three other members in preparation for filing an impeachment lawsuit against me, while the other faction impeached the Speaker and Deputy Speaker in an attempt to start a political crisis.

    “I would want to express my gratitude to Bola Tinubu, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for his fatherly intervention, which allowed for the prompt settlement of the festering difficulties by opening up a number of communication channels. Thank you also to our elders who are currently stepping in to help with this.

    “Let me make it very clear that my actions are intended to restore peace and stability in our state,” Fubara went on. As a man of peace, my top priority as governor is to see our state’s progress made.

    “Therefore, I will make any sacrifice necessary to accomplish this goal. In addition, it is our joint duty as leaders—the recently appointed governor, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and me—to use our positions and connections both inside and beyond the state to further the development, safety, and welfare of our constituents.

    Therefore, we cannot for situations to exist that would hinder our people’s attempts to achieve greatness.

    Our commitment is to fully implement all the efforts and initiatives of the President of Nigeria, as well as other well-meaning Nigerians, such as my brother governors and the elders, in order to achieve long-lasting peace and calm.

    “I promise the people of Rivers State that peace will prevail and that we will keep cooperating to enhance our state’s security, peace, and progress.”

    As governor, let me express my heartfelt apology to the wonderful people of Rivers State for the unfortunate worries you have had over the past few days. I also want to thank you all for your ongoing love, support, and prayers. He prayed, “May God continue to bless our dear Rivers State.”

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