Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has apologised to the people of the state over the recent political crisis that emanated from the bombing of the state House of Assembly.
He described the crisis as “regrettable anxieties of the last few days”, saying it was important to make sacrifices for peace to reign.
Fubara, in a statement he personally signed titled, ‘Peace is Priceless’, issued on Saturday morning in Port Harcourt and sent to newsmen, thanked President Bola Tinubu for his “fatherly intervention” which he said opened a series of communication channels aimed at arriving at a peaceful resolution of the crisis.
While recalling the bombing of the state House of Assembly and the division among the lawmakers, the governor explained that his visit to the House was to assess the level of damage caused by the fire and undertake remedial measures to protect lives and property within the Assembly complex.
The governor further said no sacrifice was too much for him to make, adding that it was the collective responsibility of his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, and himself to use their positions to advance the progress, security and well-being of our people.
The statement reads, “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.
“My visit to the Assembly complex on Monday, 30th October 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 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 some form of political crisis.
“I wish to thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his fatherly intervention which opened a series of communication channels to facilitate the timely resolution of the festering crisis. I wish to also thank our elders who are currently intervening in the matter.’’
Credit – Punch