By Milcah Tanimu
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called for peace in Rivers State, emphasizing the vital role of a peaceful environment in achieving development goals. This plea came during the visit of Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and his high-powered delegation to Governor Diri’s country home in Sampou, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area.
Governor Diri stressed the longstanding brotherly relationship between Rivers and Bayelsa, asserting that the two states are interconnected, and any disturbance in one affects the other. Expressing concern about the political crisis in Rivers, he revealed that he had worked behind the scenes to promote peace in the neighboring state.
Cautioning against ethnic coloration of the crisis, Governor Diri highlighted the unity between the Ikwerre of Rivers and the Ijaw of both Rivers and Bayelsa. He urged against any senseless conflict between brothers and advised Governor Fubara to be patient and tolerant while focusing on delivering development to the people of Rivers.
Governor Diri welcomed Governor Fubara’s olive branch and expressed readiness to forge closer ties between the two states. He urged peaceful resolutions to legal tussles and emphasized the need for people-oriented politics to serve the interests of both states.
In response, Governor Siminalayi Fubara emphasized the commonalities between Rivers and Bayelsa, stating that the creation of Bayelsa was for development purposes. He acknowledged the unfortunate recent crisis in Rivers but assured that his administration was focused on resolving issues and developing the state. Governor Fubara expressed gratitude for the solidarity shown by the people of Bayelsa and affirmed his commitment to fostering a closer relationship with Governor Diri for the progress of both states. He declared Rivers’ willingness to engage in dialogue to resolve legal issues, emphasizing the importance of peace as a crucial factor for development.”