Leaders of the Niger Delta have condemned plan to impeach the Rivers State, Simi Fubara as they paid solidarity visit to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.
One of the leaders, Dr Kingsley Kuku, in a statement on Saturday, noted that the 60-member delegation of prominent Niger Delta leaders was led by Prof A.W. Obianime, a former President of Ijaw National Congress.
They also made a reconcilatory move between him and Fubara.
The statement said the Niger Delta Leaders paid the visit to thank President Bola Tinubu for including Wike in his cabinet and to congratulate the minister on his appointment.
Speaking on current political developments in Rivers, the leaders submitted that the state was strategic to the South-South region and could not afford to be in crisis.
The statement read, “As Lagos State is very dear to the South West, so is Rivers State to the Niger Delta. This is because as an injury to one is an injury to all, we feel justified to condemn the macabre dance playing out there.
“We join PANDEF, INC, IYC, MOSIEND, MOSOP, Ogbakor Ikwerre and all other responsible bodies in the Niger Delta in condemning the mischievous attempts at the State House of Assembly to impeach the State Governor on frivolous grounds of ‘gross misconduct’.
“It is quite unacceptable to us and to the entire Niger Delta. Any person, authority or group of persons involved in stoking this fire is strongly advised to desist from it and allow peace to reign.”
The statement added that as a political leader in Rivers, Wike wields the influence to broker peace as both the executive and legislature consist of his political proteges.
“They will listen to you when you talk to them. All eyes are on you. Be the peacemaker that you are and do all you can to timely quench this fire before it becomes devastating.
“The consequences will do no one any good. It will not also speak well of us as Rivers people in particular and Niger Deltans in general.
“Your silence in this matter will not be golden and the world will think you’re playing the ostrich.
“We plead with you to step into a peaceful resolution of this matter so that the Nigerian populace will not say that Pompey was drinking tea when Rome was burning.”