Govt didn’t orchestrate Rivers crisis, says Information Minister

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Malagi, says the political crisis in Rivers State was not orchestrated by the Federal Government.

The minister, who spoke during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday, said the fact that some of the actors in the crisis are in the cabinet of President Bola Tinubu does not mean the situation in the state was engineered by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

“The fact that it is happening in Rivers does not mean that it is the Federal Government that is orchestrating the political crisis,” he said.

“I’ve not found evidence to say that it is the Federal Government that is engineering the crisis in Rivers State,” the minister stated, adding that “it is easy to speculate because some of the actors are people who associate with the government at the centre”.

Malagi said there have been political situations in other states like Ondo and the President had intervened to resolve the crisis even amongst the same party members.

The crisis in the 32-member Rivers State House of Assembly had begun as a result of a rift between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a position in the APC-controlled government though he is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

The Assembly Complex was demolished on Wednesday by the governor amid tight security about two months after fire gutted the complex.

The state government said the structure was no longer fit.



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