Rivers crisis: Tinubu lauds Fubara’s statesmanship in rift with Wike


President Bola Tinubu, yesterday, commended Governor Siminalayi
Fubara of Rivers State over what he described as the governor’s statesmanship
in resolving the political impasse between him and the Minister of the Federal
Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike.


He noted that the federal and sub-national governments have
a mutual responsibility to ensure the country’s peace and stability.


Speaking during a meeting with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum,
NGF, at his residence in Lagos, the President reiterated his condemnation of
the latest killings in Plateau State.


Addressing the governors, the President issued a stern
directive to security agencies to halt the carnage in Plateau State and
intensify the pursuit of those responsible for the recent tragic events in
Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of the state.


Condoling with the victims, President Tinubu emphasized the
sanctity of human life and called for a paradigm shift among those with
contrary beliefs, cautioning them about the inevitable consequences of their


A statement by the Presidential spokesman quoted Tinubu as
saying, “Nigeria needs peace and stability to move forward. Nigeria belongs to
all of us, and we have to take care of it.”


President Tinubu acknowledged the presence of Governor
Fubara of Rivers State at the meeting, commending him for his efforts to
peacefully resolve the political challenges in the state.“


“I thank you for your statesmanship. I listened to your
broadcast and your emphasis on peace. It is only with peace that effective
governance can thrive, and governance has commenced in earnest under my watch,”
he said.


2023 budget

On the 2024 Budget proposals before the National Assembly,
the President informed the governors that he had a review meeting earlier in
the day on certain elements in the Appropriation Bill, with the Minister of
Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, and the
Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Sen. Atiku Bagudu.


He emphasized the need for joint responsibility and closer
collaboration between the federal and sub-national governments to foster rapid
infrastructural development in every part of the nation.


 “I want us to discard
federal, state, or rural road classifications. We must regard development as a
joint responsibility. Let us prioritise our children. The school feeding
programme must return quickly, beginning from the local government to the state
and federal governments.“


“We must be ready to protect our children and prepare them
for the future,” he added. 


Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and Kwara State
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq expressed solidarity with the government and
the people of Plateau State.


“May God be with the souls of the departed and bring peace
to Plateau State. The governor of Plateau State, we are with you; stay strong,”
the NGF Chairman said.


Governor Abdulrazaq reaffirmed state governments’ support
for the bold decisions and reforms initiated by President Tinubu’s


“These are challenging times. It is not a walk in the park.
Removing fuel subsidies had a great structural effect on the economy of the
states. But we are confident that we will overcome these challenges and bounce
back better,” he said.


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