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Published On: Fri, Jul 12th, 2013

Rivers Crisis: Jonathan Sues for Peace, Says He is not Involve

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan is worried about the untoward political developments in Rivers State. He has urged those involved in “regrettable acts of political violence” to show greater respect for the Constitution and the rule of law.
In a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan urged members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and all other political gladiators in the state to put the interest 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”.

He urged those remotely or directly involved in heightening political tension in Rivers State to immediately stop their actions, which he said, are capable of plunging Rivers State into public disorder.
He urged them to settle their political differences without further recourse to barbaric acts of violence.
The statement said: “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.”
Source: Nation

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