Rivers State Crisis: Why We Are Protesting Over 8-Point Resolution —Rivers Students


Rivers State residents and students have given reasons why they are protesting against the resolution reached at the meeting presided over by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in resolving the political impass in the state.

On Friday, December 22, 2023, the protesters marched to the major roads and streets to protest in support of the state Governor, Sir Siminilayi Fubara.

The protesters numbering over hundreds of people moved straight to the entrance gate of Government House in Port Harcourt on peaceful protest in support of the state Governor and occupied the government house.

The protesters, who were made up of students union, civil liberty organizations, Hausa community among others, as early as 7 am occupied the Government House main gate along Azikiwe road.

The coordinator of national association of Nigerian students, (NANS), Comrade Levi Okoru, said the are at the government house to hear from the governor.

“We are here to demand that our governor speaks to us on what happened in the meeting he attended in Abuja at the instance of the President where an eight-point resolution was reached

“This is a solidarity visit and as our father, he went on a trip. Now that he is back, we want him to brief us.

“We also want him to know that no matter the pressure he is passing through, Rivers State students are solidly behind him”. He said.

Recall that it was resolved at the meeting with the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu with other interest groups in the Rivers State crisis, that all the commissioners who resigned from Fubara’s administration would resume their offices while Wike loyalist, Martin Amaewhule, who is among the 27 lawmakers that defected to the All Progressives Congress, would be recognised as the Speaker.

The National President of Rivers State students, Comrade Abbey Precious Sime-Ipiri, in his remarks, said Governor Fubara has the support of students because he promised to pay “our bursary after eight years”.

He observed that the peace agreement Abbey, was more of directives.

“Those things were just mere directives by the President.” He said.


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