Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has pledged to fully implement the comprehensive presidential peace agreement aimed at resolving the ongoing political crisis in the state.
In a statewide broadcast on Monday , the governor reaffirmed his belief that no price is too high for peace to prevail in the region.
He said, “As a principal participant in the entire saga, I have taken some time to study the terms therein and have come to the conclusion that the peace pact is not as bad as it is being portrayed by those genuinely opposed to it.”
He added that the peace pact, which has naturally elicited mixed reactions from people across the country, is not a death sentence but a way towards lasting peace and stability in the state.
“Accordingly, I reaffirm my acceptance of the presidential peace proclamation and my commitment to implementing both the spirit and letters of the declaration in such a way and manner that will restore political stability to our dear state without compromising the collective interest of our people and our cherished and shared democratic values.
“Already, both parties have demonstrated some good faith in the implementation process with the withdrawal of the purported impeachment notice on their part, and the release of hitherto withheld allowances of the members of the atate House of Assembly by the government,” he stated.
The governor thanked President Bola Tinubu for his intervention, highlighting that the gesture reflects his deep affection for the state.
He asserted, “Indeed, by this singular effort, our dear President has demonstrated that he loves Rivers State and cherishes nothing short of a reign of perfect peace in our state with his Presidential Peace Proclamation on the 18th of December 2023.”
Speaking on the Christmas celebration, Fubara urged residents of the state to embrace the exemplary values of Jesus Christ, emphasising the importance of selflessness, genuine love, and true forgiveness as outlined in his teachings.
“By the grace of God, 2024 will witness a speedy transformation of our State with the completion of most of our projects and programmes, such as sections of the Port Harcourt Ring Road, the Andoni section of the Unity Road, the Ahoada-Omoku Road, the Emohua-Degema Road, etc, and the commencement of many other laudable projects, both in infrastructure and human capital development, as outlined in our 2024 budget,” Fubara declared.