Battle For the Soul Of Rivers: Offering Prayers For Sim
● How the fight continues despite the execution of a peace deal;
● The Lord crowned me Governor- Fubara;
● Do not touch our political structure – Wike
By PHC Telegraph
“Fear Not”, Bishop Emmanuel Oko-Jaja barked from the pulpit as he admonished Siminalayi Fubara, Governor of Rivers State.
The clergy man who spoke at the start of the current legal year urged the Governor to be of great cheer, saying the Lord would take up his battles and fight them.
Several weeks after the bishop’s exaltation, the war between the Governor and Minister Nyesom Wike is yet to abate.
Despite the peace deal which was expected to offer a political solution to the Rivers political crisis, some supporters of the Governor, including his newly appointed Chief of Staff, Edison Ehie are being hunted by the police in connection with the alleged role that they purportedly played in the Rivers State House of Assembly bombing.
How Ehie became involved in the killing of SP Bako Angbashim remains a mystery. Some argue that the allegations against him might be politically motivated.
But the police believe that the former lawmaker who aspired to occupy the position of the Speaker at the height of the crisis which engulfed the State may have questions to answer.
Two courts, one in Abuja and another in Port Harcourt have stepped into the fray, offering two diametrically opposed pronouncements.
While the court in Abuja has summoned Ehie to appear before it, following a matter instituted by the Inspector General of Police, the court in Port Harcourt has issued an exparte order barring the Nigeria Police from arresting Ehie, pending the determination of the matter before it.
Will both parties in the Rivers conflict return to the Presidency as the differences between them seemingly escalates?
It is difficult at this stage to say what will happen now that the police appears to have gone outside what looks like the premise of the Rivers peace accord to institute a strong criminal case.
Evans Bipi who represented the Governor at a thanksgiving which held a couple of days ago at Akinima, headquarters of the Ahoada West Local Government Area hinted that so much money was thrown into efforts by those he referred to as detractors to destabilize the Rivers State Government and impeach Fubara.
To govern effectively, Fubara would need to have a peaceful atmosphere. Beyond that, the government’s quest to attract foreign investments would largely depend on it.
As the war deepens, and supporters on both sides fight for space and political relevance, many in Rivers State are increasingly turning towards fasting and prayer.
So much is at stake – power, honour, freedom, dignity, integrity, pursuit of good governance and the future of the oil rich state.
On the surface, what the eyes sees is the confrontation between the Governor and the Minister which is reverberating, across the country, and creating tension in some circles.
Beneath, it is a fight for the control of the apparatus of state; control of the economic resources which confer relevance and a semblance of authority on state actors who are in charge or who may want to be directly in charge.
More significantly, is the authoritative control of the process which spins the wheel of growth and development, and determines who gets what, when and how.
Nobody in Rivers State desires open clashes and bloodshed. They want the two major gladiators who were like father and son before the crisis to sink their differences and align in the interest of the State.
Sim has acknowledged that his rise to power has the hand of God, and urged the people to pray ceaselessly.
According to the Governor, God does not make a mistake. The events that are playing out, he pointed out, must be intended for the actualization of a purpose.
Speaking at Opobo during a thanksgiving service, the Governor noted, “A lot of people who started this journey with us ought to have been here with us but unfortunately they are not here. God knows why. We can’t question the Almighty.
“But one thing we can’t take away is that God does not make any mistake. Whatever happens, and when it happens, it is for a purpose.
“I am happy to return this glory to God Almighty, to say thank you to God, and ask for extra energy to continue with the task of governance. But no battle can be bigger than God.”
Apparently removing his emergence from the realm of man’s influence and alluding to how the Almighty made him the choice of the kingmakers, Fubara explained:
“We came in; we were selected because they believed we have something that we will do for our State. We have not been given the opportunity to do those things that we ought to do for our State.
“We have had a lot of distractions but I strongly believe that while we navigate the path of peace, prayer is also needed for us to pass over this phase. Continue to put us in your prayers. There is nothing that God cannot do.”
Wike who has said very little since the quarrel with his successor blew into the open was not in Opobo where billboards which had his face were forcefully removed soon after the Supreme Court ruling.
However, the former State Governor has made it known that he will not sit by, fold his hands and watch the destruction of his political structure.
The Minister who spoke when Governors of the PDP visited him in Abuja stated that he would fight any one who has any intention to touch the structure.
Somehow, Wike has demonstrated as Sim begins to make some political inroads in the State that the political structure built in the last 12 years is in place.
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