The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Malagi, has dismissed allegations that the Federal Government orchestrated the political crisis in Rivers State.
In an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, Malagi clarified that the involvement of individuals associated with President Bola Tinubu in the crisis does not implicate the All Progressives Congress government.
“The occurrence of the crisis in Rivers does not automatically implicate the Federal Government as the orchestrator,” he asserted.
The minister emphasised the absence of concrete evidence linking the Federal Government to the crisis, saying, “I’ve not found evidence to suggest that the Federal Government is engineering the crisis.”
Malagi acknowledged the ease with which speculation arises due to the involvement of individuals associated with the central government, particularly President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet members.
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He drew attention to similar political situations in states like Ondo, highlighting instances where the President had intervened to resolve crises within the same political party.
The minister underscored the government’s commitment to addressing political challenges in various states, reiterating that the focus remains on maintaining stability and fostering resolution rather than inciting unrest.