Fubara Vows To Protect Rivers People, Warns Against Invasion Of LG Secretariats

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has reaffirmed his commitment to upholding peace and justice in the state, promising to fearlessly lead the way towards a harmonious and truthful society.

He also pledged to protect and support all patriotic citizens who stand by the truth, ensuring their safety and well-being in the face of adversity.

Fubara made the solemn vow to prioritise peace and truth in the state, while addressing journalists at Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

His promise came immediately after convening a crucial State Security Council meeting with heads of security agencies, where they strategized to maintain the safety and security of Rivers State.

He also vowed to protect patriotic supporters who stand for the truth, warning that any attempts to silence them through false accusations and arrests will not be tolerated.

He emphasised that his administration will not condone such tactics, ensuring that the rights and freedoms of citizens who speak out against injustice are safeguarded.

He reaffirmed that the tenure of elected local government chairmen will not be extended, citing the clear provisions of the law and a court affirmation.

He emphasised that the law does not provide for tenure extension and the court has upheld this position, putting to rest any attempts to prolong their tenure beyond the expiration date.

The Governor said: “Let me also say this: I’m also aware that there is a grand plan to come and arrest some of our supporters. This time around, you have to pass through me to arrest them because I don’t think there is anything that any of those people following us has done. Rather, they are standing on the side of truth.

“If it will cost us our lives to stand on the part of truth, we will do that. And I will be the one that will lead the course,” he added.

Governor Fubara further said: “Let me assure everyone, more especially, the great and peace- loving people of Rivers State: the law is the law. The law has said that there is no extension of tenure.

“The court said so, and whoever that is assuring anybody anywhere of whatever, I advise them to desist from it because peace is what we need in this State.

“I assure everyone of you that whatever it takes to make sure that we maintain peace and order, we are not going back on that,” he emphasised.

Fubara revealed that the State Security Council meeting was convened in response to the recent threats to peace and stability in Rivers State, posed by the outgoing chairmen of the Local Government Councils.

The Governor said: “You are all aware that the tenure of the council chairmen ended yesterday, 17th June, 2024, and today, we have ordered the Heads of Local Government Administration to be in charge while they await further directives.

“It’s really unfortunate that we started hearing some disturbing news from some LGAs of invasion of council secretariats, and it is really unfortunate. So, we have called the Security Council Meeting so that the needful will be done.

“We are also aware that our enemy is also planning a lot of things. But we will not fall into that plot. We will not also allow him or them to destroy the peace that we are enjoying in the State,” he added.

He thanked the media and the peace-loving people of the State for their support, and urged everyone to continue to remain law-abiding for the unity and progress of the State.

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