Wike Supports Peace Plan for Rivers State, Warns Against Deception- The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has officially thrown his support behind the peace process brokered between him and Rivers State Governor, Siminilayi Fubara, by none other than President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In an address to the congregation during a thanksgiving and marriage anniversary event for the immediate past Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Dr. Des George-Kelly, at the Kings’ Assembly in Port Harcourt, Wike openly declared his commitment to the peace process initiated by President Tinubu. He revealed that President Tinubu had privately contacted both parties and outlined a roadmap for resolution, emphasizing his own willingness to engage in the process.
Wike took the opportunity to express his dissatisfaction with the hasty conclusions drawn by certain elders and leaders within the state concerning the methodology employed by President Tinubu. He warned residents of Rivers State against blindly getting involved in political conflicts without understanding the root causes.
During his address, Wike took a swipe at critics who questioned President Tinubu’s constitutional authority in handling the political crisis. He underscored the importance of not succumbing to blackmail, urging the public to critically evaluate the information they receive. He cautioned against being swayed by power and money, highlighting the potential destructive force they could wield if not handled with care.
Reflecting on his own tenure as governor, Wike asserted that he never took actions that would regress Rivers State. He pointed to his successful efforts in reclaiming oil wells for the state and emphasized his adherence to rules and principles, even when in opposition to the federal government.
Wike also addressed the issue of elders and their influence in state politics. He recounted an incident during his gubernatorial campaign where a select few proclaimed themselves as elders, attempting to dissuade him from running. Now, facing a similar group questioning President Tinubu’s intervention, Wike highlighted the inconsistency and cautioned against falling for propaganda.
In a bid to dispel ethnic sentiments, Wike emphasized the unity of Rivers State, stating that there is no room for division based on ethnicity. He urged politicians to adhere to established rules, emphasizing the need for a fair and transparent political landscape.
The event saw the presence of lawmakers loyal to Wike, as well as commissioners who recently resigned from Fubara’s cabinet. The gathering symbolized a show of solidarity and support for the peace initiative, with attendees representing various facets of the political landscape in Rivers State.
Wike Supports Peace plan: warns Against Deception