In the midst of the escalating political crisis in Rivers State, the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, King Ateke Tom, has stepped forward as a voice of reason, urging all parties involved to seek peace through dialogue. The influential ex-militant leader cautioned against infusing ethnic sentiments into the conflict between the current Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.
King Ateke emphasized the familial nature of the discord, describing it as a rift between a father and his political protégé. He implored political actors to exercise restraint and avoid exploiting the situation for personal or political gain.
The monarch issued a strong call to action, urging Rivers elders and royal fathers to unite promptly and mediate between the feuding factions, preventing further escalation of the issue.
Expressing his concern about the attempts to impeach Governor Fubara, a mere six months into his term, King Ateke vehemently condemned such actions, stating that they were detrimental to the state’s well-being. He criticized the use of force, highlighting the unacceptable use of water cannons and teargas on the Rivers State Governor, emphasizing the need for law enforcement agencies to remain impartial amidst the political turmoil.
In a passionate plea, King Ateke called on all residents of Rivers State, including political figures, royal leaders, and the youth, to come together and prioritize peace, unity, and dialogue. He underscored the critical importance of these collective efforts, emphasizing that the state’s future hinged on their ability to foster harmony and understanding amid the crisis.
The king said: “I have observed with deep concern the ongoing situation in Rivers State. Our beloved Rivers State is currently facing a challenging situation between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nysemo Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The current crisis must be resolved swiftly for the benefit of our state and its people. We should continue the path of development and peace established by the previous administration, which the current government is also following.
“I condemn the attempted impeachment of Governor Siminalayi Fubara within only six months of his administration. This is not in the best interest of our state
“I call on law enforcement agencies to remain loyal to the people and not be swayed by political actors. The use of water cannons and teargas on the Rivers State Governor is unacceptable.
“I hope for a return to normalcy in our government and legislative processes, which will benefit our citizens and business community.
“I appeal to all the people of Rivers State, including political actors, Royal fathers, and the youth, to come together and prioritize peace, unity, and dialogue. Our state’s future depends on our collective efforts”.