Amidst the political firestorm that nearly engulfed the state on Monday following attempt by the State House of Assembly to impeach Governor Siminialayi Fubara, a civil society group, Rivers United for Peace (RUP), has stepped forward and called for genuine truce.
In a press statement jointly signed by RUP’s State Coordinator, Barikpo Barry, and Secretary, Opara Nweli, the group called for immediate reconciliation between Governor Fubara and FCT Minister, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
The statement reads, “Governor Fubara and his political mentor, former governor Nyesom the Wike have come a long way. They have worked as a team for too long, and that was why Wike believed and entrusted the state into his hands.
Emphasizing the importance of maintaining a cordial relationship between Gov Fubara and the FCT Minister, the group implored both parties to resolve their differences amicably, much like a father and son would.
RUP expressed concern over what they perceived as Wike’s tight grip on Governor Fubara, stating, “However, it appears that Wike’s hold on Sim’s neck is too strangulating. Wike should give him the time and space to yield the dividends of democracy to Rivers people.
The civil society group believes that if Governor Fubara is not given the freedom to govern and make decisions, it will adversely impact his ability to deliver on the promises made to the people of Rivers State.
Moreover, the group suggested that this friction will also have repercussions for Wike himself.
RUP advocated for mentorship and guidance, saying, “So, Wike should give him space and time for him to make his mistakes and learn. He should lead him like a father. He will make mistakes, but there is room for mistakes and corrections.
The group emphasized that it’s position is premised of the essence of reconciliation and unity, further emphasizing the importance of the well-being and progress of the state and its people.