By Kenneth Atavti
A pro-democracy group known as Coalition for Democracy and Justice, CDJ has urged those making inflammatory statements following the intervention of President Bola Tinubu in the political crisis in Rivers State to allow peace a chance.
The group in a statement signed by its Convener, Augustine Adams described as unhelpful, the utterances of some individuals who are fanning embers of discord on the issue.
The statement reads:
“We have watched with worry, the aftermath of the peace process initiated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to bring to an end, the crisis rocking the political space in Rivers State and we find it pertinent to appeal to those making inflammatory comments that the price for peace is cheaper than the cost of war.
“We urge all individuals and groups criticizing the peace initiative of President Bola Tinubu to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign in Rivers State. President Tinubu’s intervention and resolution of the political crisis between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and the immediate past Governor of the state, Nyesom Wike was timely, patriotic and statesmanlike.
“Mr President’s action was a commendable and important step towards fostering unity and stability in Rivers State. We believe that the interests of the people of the state should always be placed above political differences, and the pursuit of peace should be supported by all well-meaning individuals and groups.
“It is important to note that the intervention by President Tinubu was made in the spirit of reconciliation and the greater good of the people of Rivers State. We call on all stakeholders to embrace this effort and work towards building a harmonious and prosperous future for the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“We strongly condemn any attempts to undermine the peace initiative and urge all parties to refrain from igniting the flames of disunity. The people of Rivers State deserve an environment of peace and cooperation, and it is incumbent upon all of us to support efforts aimed at achieving this goal.
“We implore all concerned individuals and groups to engage in constructive dialogue and to focus on the shared goal of a peaceful and prosperous Rivers State. Let us set aside our differences and work together to build a better future for our beloved country as being.
“We reiterate our support for President Tinubu’s peace initiative. He has started well by embracing all Nigerians, irrespective of political affiliation. The President deserves commendation, not condemnation.