In a press statement issued on November 3rd, 2023, Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State addressed the recent political turmoil that unfolded in the state. The statement began by acknowledging the fire incident at the Rivers State House of Assembly, which took place on the night of October 29th. Although the blaze was extinguished by the fire service, the aftermath led to a division within the House of Assembly.
Two rival factions emerged, with one claiming to have impeached and suspended the House Leader and three others, while the other faction impeached the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. The situation escalated into a political crisis, causing concern and instability in the state.
Governor Fubara expressed gratitude to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his intervention and efforts to mediate between the conflicting parties. The governor also thanked the elders involved in resolving the crisis.
Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara also highlighted the collective responsibility of the immediate past governor, Chief Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, along with himself. They were called upon to use their positions and influence within and outside the state to advance the progress, security, and well-being of the people. This collective responsibility was mentioned as part of their duty to work together for the betterment of Rivers State.
Governor Fubara emphasized his commitment to restoring peace and stability in Rivers State, stating that the progress and security of the state were his primary concerns. He highlighted the collective responsibility of past governors, including himself, to leverage their positions and influence for the betterment of the state and its people.
He assured the people of Rivers State that he was dedicated to embracing the path to lasting peace and tranquility, and he welcomed the efforts and initiatives of well-meaning Nigerians, including fellow governors and elders.
The governor closed his statement by apologizing to the people of Rivers State for the recent anxieties caused by the political crisis and expressed gratitude for their continued support and prayers. He affirmed his commitment to working together with the people to advance the peace, security, progress, and development of the state.
This statement comes as a beacon of hope amid the recent turmoil in Rivers State, with the governor pledging to prioritize the well-being and unity of the region.