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Ex-President Jonathan calls for ceasefire in Rivers State political crisis

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In a bid to quell the escalating political crisis in Rivers State, former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, to collaborate for the state’s development.

Jonathan’s appeal came during the flag-off ceremony for the Trans-Kalabari Road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Monday, where he described the political tension as deeply concerning.

“Outgoing governors and incoming governors must recognize the importance of working together for the collective interest of the state’s citizens,” Jonathan emphasized.

“In the case of Rivers, Honourable Minister Nyesom Wike and Governor Sim Fubara must join forces to advance the land and people of Rivers State. This ongoing tension is counterproductive.”

Jonathan stressed the necessity for political actors to prioritize the well-being of the people. “If you love the people of Rivers, you must work together. I join the leaders of Rivers State and well-meaning Nigerians in calling for a ceasefire,” he said.

“Let us focus on actions that will uplift the state. It takes two hands to clap, and we need them to work together for the common good.”

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Heart of the Niger Delta

Rivers State has been mired in political strife since late last year, following a fallout between Wike, now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and Fubara.

Despite President Bola Tinubu’s intervention, the conflict recently intensified with commissioners loyal to Wike resigning for the second time and lawmakers aligned with him clashing with Fubara.

Jonathan underscored the critical importance of stability in Rivers State for national development. “Rivers State is pivotal to this country. It is the heart of the Niger Delta.

If Rivers State is destabilized, the entire Niger Delta will be affected,” Jonathan warned. “And the repercussions will extend beyond the Niger Delta, given the state’s strategic importance.”

The former president also expressed concern over the growing trend of conflicts between governors and their predecessors, noting that such disputes undermine progress.

“Transition in Nigeria is becoming problematic. While presidential transitions have their issues, they are generally better managed. However, at the state level, the situation is increasingly chaotic, and this is not ideal,” he observed.

Jonathan’s call for unity highlights the pressing need for political harmony in Rivers State, which is essential not only for the region’s stability but also for the broader national interest.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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