Governor of Rivers State Siminalayi Fubara has announced that he has agreed to the stipulations of the peace agreement mediated by President Bola Tinubu to end the state’s protracted political impasse.
The confrontation between Fubara and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Nyesom Wike, his predecessor, preceded the crisis.
During the Christmas holiday in 2023, the governor stated in a statewide broadcast that he has accepted the peace treaty.
He pointed out that the state’s political conflict has been able to be resolved in part because of the president’s intervention.
Fubara said he had spent considerable time to review the content of the agreement and that it is not as severe as people believe, although he recognised that the directions had caused conflicting emotions around the state.
“As a principal participant in the entire saga, I have studied the terms therein for some time and have concluded that the Peace Pact is not as bad as those who are genuinely opposed to it portray it to be,” he stated.
It is undoubtedly not a death penalty. It provides a path towards enduring stability and harmony in our beloved state.
In light of this, I hereby declare once again that I accept the Presidential Peace Proclamation and that I will work to put its words and spirit into practice in a way that will bring political stability back to our beloved state while upholding our shared democratic values and the interests of our people as a whole.
He reiterated that there was no price too high for peace and observed that both sides to the problem had taken decisive action in putting the proclamation into practice.