Next step you take will be fire for fire in Rivers – Fubara dares pro-Wike lawmakers - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Next step you take will be fire for fire in Rivers – Fubara dares pro-Wike lawmakers

…vows to surprise enemies on further wrong step

…Say Tinubu peace pact was political 

The Governor of Rivers State, Sir. Siminalayi Fubara, has stated that any further step against his administration by the members of the State House of Assembly loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory would be greeted with great resistance, saying “the next step, will be fire for fire in Rivers State. "

Fubara also vowed that he would surprise those who consider his honest decision to implement the presidential peace pact as a sign of weakness.

The governor said he had been overwhelmed with several comments in the media about the implementation of the peace initiative, and had chosen to be silent as a matured and wisdom filled leader.

The governor spoke while receiving members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) from the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State on a solidarity rally at Government House Gate, in Port Harcourt.

Fubara said that when President Bola Tinubu intervened in the political crisis that engulfed the State on October 30, 2023, that the agreement that was accepted was a political solution and not constitution.

He stressed that ever since, he had commenced implementation of the agreement, solely because of his respect for President Ahmed Tinubu, but cautioned that it appears that other political actors have taken his humility and compliance as a sign of weakness.

Fubara said: “Let me say it here for record purposes: What is happening here in our dear State is somebody who has respect for an elder. 

“Mr. President invited all the parties to Abuja, and came out with a resolution that we should go and implement. That resolution, I am implementing it. It is not a constitutional implementation. It is a political solution to a problem.

“And I am doing it because of the respect I have for Mr President. But, let me say it here, if that action that I have accepted to take would be seen as a weakness, I will surprise them. I want this message to go to them.”

Fubara said their large number further goes to prove the nature of the organic support his Administration has continued to enjoy from the people of the State, stating that he was mindful of the legacy he would bequeath after his tenure.

“Some days ago, somebody said we are busy renting crowd for thanksgiving. But what I have seen here today, it's not different from what is happening at those thanksgiving rallies. People are just appreciating God and good governance.

“It should also be about the lives that have been touched genuinely; about the policies implemented without any inducement to better the lives of the people and the society.”

The Governor urged the people to continue to support his administration, show understanding over actions taken, and obey the rules in a peaceful manner, adding that already, local government workers have started receiving N30,000.00 minimum wage with promotion to be implemented beginning from April's salary payment. 

He also promised to set in motion plans to finalise modalities for the implementation of the Consolidated Salary Scale for Grade Level 17, and regular payment of benefits to the local government service retirees.

He said: “When you are doing what is right, I will stand by you. Nobody, whether full or half is going to intimidate you. Brace up, I say brace up, because the next step, it will be fire for fire in Rivers State. Everything will be implemented.”

“For our people, the great and wonderful people of Rivers State, we will continue to lead you with the fear of God. 

“Maturity is not about age, maturity is in the person. It is what defines the character of a person. I choose not to respond to people that I assumed are matured, but are obviously immature in attitude. 

“I will continue to be mature, not minding my age, but I will not, for any reason, allow myself or anybody who is working with me in this Administration to be messed with, maltreated or abused in the cause of administering this governance.”

However, the Rivers State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Apostle Clifford Paul, told the governor that they were on a Thank-You Rally to show appreciation for his love for the workers.

Paul stated that Governor Fubara has changed their fortunes and restored hope in them when he directed the payment of N30,000.00 minimum wage to the workers, and lifted the eight-year ban on promotion, which has now placed them at par with their counterparts across the country.

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