Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Monday blamed the crisis in Rivers State on some unnamed persons she described as “otherwise respected elders”.
Mrs Jonathan who described the views and utterances of such elders as unfortunate, called on all feuding parties in the state to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace, noting that innocent women and children end up bearing the brunt of crisis like this.
In a statement by her spokesman, Mr. Ayo Osinlu, the First Lady said, “We therefore call on elders of the state to position themselves appropriately in the circumstances, and continue to seek the highest good of Rivers State and its people, by stone-walling the activities of the few, who would rather fan little embers into a consuming inferno.
“Recent experience whereby certain otherwise respected elders of the country, both from within and outside Rivers State, were canvassing views that seemed to intensify the heat in Rivers State, is certainly unfortunate.”
Mrs. Jonathan, who has been roundly criticised as one of the masterminds of the crisis alongside her husband, called on warring politicians in the state to spare a thought for the social, political and economic costs of the crisis, and consider an urgent way to resolve all political differences.
She also urged all stakeholders to ensure that the situation in the state does not degenerate to a level that could be hijacked by miscreants and hoodlums, thus exposing everyone to insecurity.