A group under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Rivers State (CC23) has appealed to Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, as well as their supporters, to uphold and abide by the terms of the peace deal brokered by President Bola Tinubu.
The appeal which was contained in a statement made available to reporters in Warri, Delta state, was titled, ‘No Sacrifice Is Too Much For Peace.’
In the statement which reads in part, CC23 stated, “We urge both parties to conscientiously uphold and abide by the terms of the peace deal.
“We urge them to leverage Mr. President’s intervention, put aside their differences, and bury the hatchet, to advance the peace, security, progress, and development of our dear Rivers State,” the group pleaded.
It further urged all political actors, third parties, and interest groups within and outside Rivers State, to stop all narratives capable of impairing the ongoing peace process in the state.
In the statement signed jointly by Chief Victor Oleh, Hon. Goodluck Braide, Dr. Ken Robinson, Chief Barr. Obo Osaro, Chief Lucky Ekeji (PhD), Comrade Chile Elechi, Hon. Chaka Ezekiel, and Chief Ikashi Awali, Innocent Iroegbu, Mrs. Nancy Bob Manuel, Comrade Chioma Atuzie, Sir Innocent Abiacks, Princess Jane Peters, Hon Silver Onyeche, Prof. Prince Ordu (Diaspora) and Christopher Nwachukwu, commended President Tinubu for his intervention.
Besides, they also applauded Fubara and Wike for assenting to the peace initiative which, it noted, is beginning to yield some results.
“We have carefully appraised the resolutions reached at the mediatory meeting of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu with the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, and the Honourable Minister of the FCT and immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike, and others; the outcome is a win-win situation; no victor, no vanquished!
“We salute the nationalistic bearing of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his political sagacity, wisdom, and deep-rooted love for the nation, and our democracy. Certainly, Daniel came to judgment!
“We equally commend the Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike, and Governor Siminalayi Fubara for submitting themselves to Mr. President’s mediation.
“We urge both parties to conscientiously uphold and abide by the terms of the peace deal.
“We urge them to leverage Mr. President’s intervention, put aside their differences, and bury the hatchet, to advance the peace, security, progress, and development of our dear Rivers State.
“Gladly, steps indicative of commitment to the process have already been taken by both sides,” parts of the statement read.
Pleading with all aggrieved stakeholders, the group said Governor Fubara “should be allowed to harmoniously work with the Rivers State House of Assembly and his cabinet, to foster the development of the state, and effectively provide the dividends of democracy to Rivers people.
“We are conscious of the fact that if the situation precipitates a full-blown crisis, it will be the people of Rivers State who will bear the brunt of the consequences.
“We, therefore, call on the good people of Rivers State, irrespective of their inclinations, especially, the youths, to shun all actions, assertions, and j that would reignite the settling crisis,” the statement added.