Chief Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, popularly known as ‘General’ Boyloaf, advocates for unity between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and former Governor Nyesom Wike
The former Niger Delta militant leader Chief Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, widely recognized as ‘General’ Boyloaf, urged Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara to prioritize reconciliation with his predecessor, Nyesom Wike while emphasizing the importance of peace and unity for the sustainable development of the oil-rich state.
Expressing concern over the prolonged crisis in Rivers State, Boyloaf cautioned against those who, he believes, exploit the situation for personal gain. He urged Governor Fubara to engage in genuine reconciliation efforts, highlighting the potential consequences if the current unrest persists.
Boyloaf drew parallels with the amicable relationship between former Governor Seriake Dickson and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State, emphasizing the values of patience, understanding, and loyalty in fostering a harmonious political atmosphere.
The ex-militant leader underscored Nyesom Wike’s significance to the region, citing his efforts towards advocating true federalism, justice, equity, and peace. He warned against attempts to turn the Rivers crisis into an ethnic battle, commending Wike for his commitment to the empowerment and development of the Ijaw people.
Addressing those threatening to make Rivers ungovernable if Governor Fubara is removed from office, Boyloaf cautioned against deception, asserting that such individuals are driven by personal interests rather than the welfare of the state.
Boyloaf invoked the example of the peaceful transition following the removal of former Governor Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, emphasizing the need for a collective commitment to the peace and progress of Rivers State.
Recall that Gov Fubara has been at loggerheads with his predecessor, Chief Wike. A rift which has led to political tension in the state