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I have attended many peace meetings that have been rebuffed – Fubara

I have attended many peace meetings that have been rebuffed – Fubara

Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State has made another startling revelation over the lingering political crisis in the state. He said in Port Harcourt on Monday, May 6, 2024, that his opponents have continued to rebuff all secret reconciliation meetings.

The governor said he was not mad to seek to destroy the house when there was need for meaningful development.

Fubara made the explanation when he received on courtesy visit the Bayelsa State delegation of political and traditional leaders, led by former governor of the state, Henry Seriake Dickson, former senator, at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

The governor said: “But I know that I have always taken the path of peace. I have shown respect. I’ve subjected myself to every meeting of reconciliation for peace. And what happens, each time we come out from such meetings, we are faced with one thunder or lightening.”

He said he strongly felt that it was proper to set some records straight about what had become of a minor problem that was not uncommon in every human relationship.

He said he has not acted like a young man that may want the house to be destroyed but that he has behaved like a mature young man that he was.

He gave hints of how his mind is working on the matter, saying there was nothing wrong in one helping another person but that does not mean the helper should take the place of God. “So, for that reason, when we act, we act as humans; human vessels that God has used, and not seeing yourself as God.

“I want to say this clearly that we appreciate the role our leaders, most especially the immediate past governor, played. But that is not enough for me to worship a human being. I can’t do that.”

Fubara took a swipe at the Martin Amaewhule-led group of lawmakers, and declared that they do not exist anymore as lawmakers in the eyes of the law.

“I accepted that peace accord to give them a floating (soft-landing). That’s the truth. There is nothing in that peace accord that is a constitutional issue. It is a political solution to a problem. I accepted it because these are people that were visiting me and we were together in my house.

“These are people that I have helped in many ways when I wasn’t even a governor. Yes, we might have our disagreements, but I believe that one day, we could also come together. That was the reason I did it.

“But I think it has got to a time when I need to make a statement on this thing, so that they understand that they are not existing. Their existence and whatever they have been doing is because I allowed them to do so. If I don’t recognise them, they are nowhere; that is the truth.”

The governor further said: “So, I want you to see the sacrifice I have made to allow peace to be in our state. I can say here, with all amount of boldness, I have never called any police man anywhere to go and harass anybody.”