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Ex-Lagos SSG states that Tinubu’s role in the Rivers crisis is constitutionally allowed

In a recent development, Chief Olorunfunmi Basorun, a former Secretary to the Lagos State Government and seasoned lawyer, weighed in on the constitutional aspect of President Bola Tinubu’s involvement in mediating the tensions between the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

Speaking in a telephone conversation with The PUNCH on Wednesday, the 85-year-old Basorun emphasized that President Tinubu’s intervention was entirely constitutional, characterizing it as an appropriate action by the “father of the nation.”

Basorun’s comments were prompted by criticisms from rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, who contended that Tinubu’s intervention was unconstitutional. Falana specifically argued that the President’s role should be advisory, citing the absence of constitutional provisions allowing him to interfere in state political affairs.

Basorun vehemently disagreed, asserting that as the elected President and father figure to the nation, Tinubu’s intervention was well within the constitutional framework. He expressed concern over critics’ interpretation, questioning their understanding of the constitution and highlighting the President’s duty to safeguard the nation’s peace, security, and the well-being of its citizens.

Addressing Falana’s perspective on the reinstatement of lawmakers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, Basorun pointed out that the constitution allows such defections in the event of a party dispute.

He criticized the narrow focus of critics, urging a more comprehensive understanding of the circumstances leading to the lawmakers’ move.

Despite the criticisms, Basorun defended Tinubu’s intervention, citing the potential escalation of the situation in Rivers State, which could have adverse effects on neighboring states.

He highlighted Governor Fubara’s use of state institutions and the demolition of the Rivers House of Assembly complex as indicators necessitating the President’s involvement.

In conclusion, Basorun called for a more nuanced and unbiased approach to the matter, urging critics like Falana to reconsider their stance.

He also encouraged Chief Edwin Clark, as an elder statesman, to adopt a more impartial perspective and even suggested expressing gratitude to President Tinubu for his involvement.



Peter Ritdung Wakkias is a Nigerian blogger and programmer, known for being the CEO of and He holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Isa Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic Lafia. Based in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

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