Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has clarified that the decisions taken by his administration amidst the ongoing political crisis in the state were not driven by fear but rather aimed at fostering peace. The governor expressed this stance during his address to the people of Rivers at the inaugural state banquet held at Government House Port Harcourt on January 1, as reported by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Boniface Onyedi.
Governor Fubara conveyed his New Year wishes to the citizens, hoping for a fruitful and prosperous 2024. He urged the people to embrace the ongoing peace process initiated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and assured that his administration would avoid getting entangled in political conflicts that could impede the state’s developmental prospects.
Highlighting the motivation behind his decisions, Governor Fubara emphasized that each choice made was guided by a genuine concern for the welfare of the people and a deep respect for elders. He appealed to everyone to prioritize peace, emphasizing that the state’s progress and development were at the forefront of his administration’s intentions.
Governor Fubara asserted, “Every decision that we’ve taken is not borne out of fear but because we have the interest of our people and we have respect for elders. I’m appealing to every one of us to embrace peace. We need this peace because our intention for the state is not for our interest but that of the development of the state.”
While disclosing his administration’s commitment to leaving a legacy of unity and development in Rivers State, the governor underscored the importance of avoiding a legacy of political tension. The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, expressed gratitude for Governor Fubara’s focused approach in delivering the dividends of democracy despite the political challenges. Dr. Danagogo encouraged the people to champion peace, truth, and justice, contributing to the continued greatness of Rivers State.