I’m willing to give up my office for peace in Rivers State

March 7th, 2024


The governor of Rivers State, Sim Fubara, has said that no sacrifice is too big for him to make for the greater good of his state and that he is willing to give up his office if it will maintain peace in the state.


Recall that Rivers State was thrown into crisis in 2023 following the clash between Fubara and the immediate past governor of the state, Nyesom Wike. The tension in the state was doused after President Tinubu intervened. While many welcomed the presidential intervention, others believed it was done to solely pacify Wike and not to affirm the authority of the state governor.


In a fresh interview with AIT, Governor Fubara said;

‘’No sacrifice will be too big for me to pay for the success of this administration, and the reason is very simple. it is not political love, it is not because I want to gain any favour from anybody. My interest and love for our dear state is genuine. I am not trying to say I want to be one man that is there to decide the fate of all. No.”


Reacting to the several provocations he has had since the clash with Wike, Governor Fubara said;

‘’My burden at the time wasn’t the issue of all the drama. It was the millions of Rivers people who had made sacrifices, who had seen opportunity and it looked as if their hope had been dashed. Those were the ones I was worried about, what will be their fate.”

Speaking further, Governor Fubara said his decision to accept the Presidential intervention was not borne out of fear or pressure but in the interest of the state and given the consequences the lingering political crisis had on the development of the state.


‘’If leaving this position is what is needed to bring more peace to the state, I can even tell them to come and take it. It is not about me. Definitely, I will go but Rivers State will still remain. 

I am the governor. No matter what, there are things I could have done and there would have been a total crisis but your ability to restrain in the face of crisis when you have the power to do things is maturity”

Watch a video of him speaking below