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Jonathan requests end to media war over oil well

05 November 2012, 16:00

Abuja -  President Goodluck Jonathan has requested Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa to end their media war over the Soku oil wells' dispute.

The request is contained in a news release issued on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

The release said the president urged the two governors and leaders of the affected communities to ensure that no further spiteful or inciting comments were made against each other.

The president noted that the media comments could pollute the right atmosphere for constructive dialogue and brotherly reconciliation which he is striving to promote for the amicable resolution of the dispute.

``The Presidency has noted with concern the rather unbecoming, unnecessary and unhelpful media war between the Bayelsa and Rivers State Governments over the rightful ownership of some oil wells.

``The Presidency believes that this media war, which appears to be escalating with each passing day, can only hinder and negate efforts already initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan to achieve an amicable resolution of the dispute in the best interest of the affected communities, the two states and the nation.

``President Jonathan, therefore, requests the governors of both states to facilitate and help to create the right atmosphere for the successful conclusion of the peace process by ordering an immediate stoppage of all acrimonious public comments against each other over the dispute," the statement said.

The president noted that having already had very useful discussions with the Rivers State Governor and Kalabari elders, he intended to take the process forward at another scheduled meeting on Friday,

Jonathan, according to the statement, will hold a meeting with the governors of the two states, leaders of the affected communities and all concerned stakeholders.



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