The Federal Government on Tuesday cautioned Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom States not to heat up the polity on the ceded oil wells now in dispute.
Vice President Goodluck Jonathan gave the warning in Abuja while addressing delegates from the two states, shortly after a meeting on the dispute.
He noted with regret that the manner in which the two states were going about the dispute was not in the country’s best interest.
“I want you to convey to the people in the states that the media war does not solve the problem,” he added.
Jonathan also appealed to the politicians, particularly members of the National Assembly, not to blow the matter out of proportion, adding: “It is wrong to play politics on the matter. Instigating the crisis will not help in solving the dispute”.
He assured the people that the federal government was looking into the matter, and would come out with a solution.
The vice president noted that the maiden meeting had successfully analysed the issue, and that he would convey the position taken to President Umaru Yar”Adua.
He said after he might have discussed with the president, the governors of the two states would be invited for discussion.