Wike was absent at the burial service of his late mother-in-law, while Fubara praised true leaders of Rivers State
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Governor Siminilayi Fubara of Rivers State took a swipe at his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, during his speech at the burial service of his late mother-in-law, Mrs. Adeline Jaja, by highlighting the true leaders of the state.

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During the thanksgiving service after the burial, Governor Fubara beautifully emphasized the significant impact of Late Mrs. Adeline. He explained how her name brought benefits not only to her own children but also to others in the community.

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He emphasized the importance of living a life characterized by integrity, kindness, and generosity, suggesting that such virtues are instrumental in leaving a positive legacy for others to benefit from. His speech resonated with attendees, fostering a sense of introspection and prompting contemplation about their own contributions to society.

Acknowledging the presence of the real leaders of Rivers State, Governor Fubara said:

“I want to thank you most especially, our leaders, the true leaders of Rivers because the real reason one is called a leader is your experience and your age…true leaders that are here to support us at this trying time, I want to thank every one of you and to say that, continue to stand for what is right and what is good.”

Among the true leaders of Rivers State as identified by Governor Fubara at the service were: the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ngozi Odu; former Governor of the State, Sir Celestine Omehia; former Deputy Governor of the State, Sir Gabriel T. G. Toby; Senator John Azuta Mbata; Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka, Chief Oris Oyiri, and former President, Akpor Consultative Assembly, Chief Hanny Woko.

Others were serving National Assembly members, including Hon. Awaji-Inembok Abiante; Hon Boma Goodhead; Hon Manuchim Umezuruike, and Hon. Ibiks Anderson Allison; as well as members of the State Executive Council, including SSG, Dr. Tammy Danagogo; Chief of Staff, Dr Edison Ehie; Commissioner for Youth,  Dr. Chisom Gbali; and Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Roseline Apawari Uranta, amongst others.

Also in attendance were top Traditional Rulers in the State such as Amanyanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja; Amanyanabo of Okochiri, King Atake Tom; Eze-Ekpeye Logbo, Eze Kelvin Anugbum; among others.

The speech sparked a flurry of online reactions, with social media platforms buzzing with discussions and speculations about the identities of the true leaders mentioned by Governor Fubara. Some interpreted his words as a veiled critique directed at FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, recalling past disagreements and political rivalries. However, others viewed Governor Fubara’s remarks as a broader call for unity and solidarity, emphasizing the importance of collaborative leadership in advancing the interests of the state. The online discourse reflected a diversity of opinions and interpretations, underscoring the complexity of political dynamics and public perceptions within Rivers State.