The Rivers state government has refuted claims made in certain newspapers and social media platforms regarding the termination of the state Chief Judge, Chief of Staff Government House, and others. These allegations arose amidst the crisis in the state House of Assembly, where a faction of the 32-member Assembly, led by the embattled Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule, issued an impeachment notice to Governor Siminalaye Fubara.
During the ensuing confusion and tension, some media platforms claimed that Governor had also dismissed the chief judge of the state, Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi, the Chief of staff Government House, Chidi Amadi, and the 23 local government Chairmen.
On Tuesday, the state government addressed the allegations and debunked them. Joe Johnson, the commissioner for information and communications, stated that there were unfounded reports circulating on different media platforms about Governor Fubara dismissing certain categories of aides and local council chairmen. Johnson clarified that as the official spokesperson of the state government, he had not received any directive from the governor regarding such announcements.
He emphasized that Governor Fubara is a technocrat with a strong civil service background, and he conducts his actions according to established rules and with a sense of morality. Johnson urged the public to disregard these unconfirmed reports and assured them that they would be properly informed about any changes made by the governor at the appropriate time.
As the Commissioner for Information and Communication, I want to emphasize that I will provide the public with timely updates on events as they unfold.
In the meantime, it seems that the state is currently experiencing relative peace following a potentially volatile situation on Monday. This may be attributed to a last-minute peace initiative by the state’s elders on Monday night. While the outcome of the peace meeting is undisclosed, sources indicate that the elders implored both factions, Siminalaye Fubara and Nyesom Wike, to cease hostilities and allow peace to prevail in the state.
Additionally, the Rivers Youths Rescue Mission (RYRM) has also appealed to both political leaders to exercise restraint and actively contribute to the peace and harmony in Rivers state.
A statement jointly signed by Comrade Solomon Lenu, Director General, and Comrade Tuka Loanyie, Secretary of the group, emphasizes the need for all conscious individuals in Rivers to unite in support of Gov SIM Fubara, transcending party or tribal boundaries
The statement strongly condemns the unprofessional behavior of the Rivers state police high command as portrayed in a circulating video, where the executive governor was subjected to water cannons. The group finds this behavior unacceptable and urges the force’s headquarters to intervene promptly and consider replacing the current state command leadership due to their failure to protect the governor and the people of Rivers state.
“We must unite in this crucial time and declare that we have reached a breaking point. Let us not only do it for ourselves, but also for the future generations. The world is progressing rapidly with new advancements, and we cannot afford to stay stagnant with indecisive politics. We must not find ourselves years from now, scrambling to catch up to our peers or those who once admired us because we hesitated to take action due to trivial reasons.”