Put An Immediate End To Your Differences, Jonathan Tells Political Actors In Rivers Crisis

RSHAPresident Goodluck Jonathan has expressed deep concerns over the recent political developments in Rivers State and has called on all those involved in regrettable acts of political violence, to show greater respect for the constitution and the rule of law.

The President made this known in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati on Thursday.

The statement reads in part: “President Jonathan urges members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and all other political gladiators in the state to put the interests of the state and the nation above their personal egos and ambitions that seem to have gotten in the way of their expected commitment to uphold the principles of democracy and good governance.

“The President calls on all those who were remotely or directly involved in heightening political tension in Rivers State to put an immediate end to their actions which are capable of plunging Rivers State into public disorder and strive to settle their political differences without further recourse to barbaric acts of violence.

“President Jonathan expects all members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, irrespective of their current affiliations or loyalties, to comport themselves with greater restraint while efforts continue to resolve existing differences and restore internal harmony to the state branch of the party.

“The Presidency has also noted with regret the continuing attempts by some individuals and groups to place responsibility for the unpleasant developments in Rivers State on President Jonathan.

“We are constrained to state once again that there is absolutely no factual basis for suggestions that some of the politicians involved in the current dispute are acting at the behest of the President.

“President Jonathan certainly did not instigate the crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly and as President of the nation, he will never support any actions that negate his avowed commitment to the rule of law. The President will also never violate his oath of office to always defend the Nigerian Constitution.”


  • I love my president bcos he is a true Democrat. ; Mummy! Mummy! Please tell Daddy police are not helping me, am fighting alone; (Evans Bipi Dame Patience Jonathan brother) this is a telephone conversations by Evans during the time of fracas at the Rivers State House of Assembly on 10/07/2013. Please who is fooling who?

  • evey thing that happens it on the presidency or GEJ,even the one state governors are surpposed to take the responsebility.people should remember we are running federal system of govt.

  • The crisis in Rivers State is between Amaechi and Wike and their loyalists. Amaechi’s greed, stubbornness, highhandedness and disrespect is the major cause of his problem. The removal of obio/Akpor LGA chairman is the main cause of the problem between him and Wike, as the chairman is perceived to be loyal to Wike. While some haters of the gov are also capitalizing on the rift between both of them to oust him. For peace to return to the state, proper investigation should be carried out on the removal of the chairman. Refusal of the state police commissioner to do the bidding of the governor, is also the root cause of the disagreement between both of them.

    • The truth of the matter is that, any one who supports evil is nothing but an eveil one, ur comment definds who u are.

  • Rivers people are just wicked and callous. Its woven in their DNA! Who has forgotten the ALUU case? Were it for GEJ alone, he is a good man but with his devilish rivers wife! He is doomed!

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