Former Governor Of Rivers State And Minister Of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Has Accused Governor, Nyesom Wike, Of Aiding And Abetting Insecurity In The State.
Amaechi, who was reacting to reports of the killing of 21 persons on New Year day as they were returning from church programme, said had Wike been serious about governance and the property of life and property of Rivers state citizens rampant killings would have subsided.
The minister also lamented the absence of a vibrant State House of Assembly noting that had the Rivers State House of Assembly been proactive it would had since impeached the inefficient governor.
Amaechi, who made after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa yesterday, said Gov. Wike needs to get serious and “stop encouraging the militant groups in the name of politics and election”.
Expressing sadness over the killing of 21 persons in Omoku town, Amaechi also recalled that two others were killed in Akukuturo, noting that Wike has chosen to play politics with the lives of the citizens.
“I think there should be much more than age to qualify to be a governor because it takes much more than age. I was governor of Rivers State, I did not play PDP/APC politics, life is life it has no symbol. Nobody has APC life or PDP life.
“The first responsibility of a governor, which is what the oath of office requires, is that you swear to protect lives and property. When you don’t protect life and property what do you do? Is impeachment. Unfortunately there is no House of Assembly in Rivers State,” he said.
Amaechi accused Mr. Wike of “too much noise” saying “the governor just wakes up and starts shouting, abusing people that’s all he does. The first thing you do is human capacity development and keeping human beings and we are losing lives every day”.
“Two important men were kidnapped before I left Port Harcourt, the first person is Chief Adoke till today, nearly one month after, nobody can tell you where he is. The next person is Chief Omogu who was kidnapped. Luckily, the villagers ran after the people and rescued the old man from the bush.
“It never happened when I was governor. We (the security and myself) ensured that we will not sleep at night. We stayed awake for the citizens to sleep, I think the governor needs to do much more than that or quit the office,” he said.
He recalled that unlike when he was in office the then President Goodluck Jonathan made him vulnerable by stopping all heads of security formations in the state from meeting with him, noting that has absolute freedom to act because “everyone one is at his disposal”.
“He can see the commissioner of Police, director SSS, unlike my period; but we fought insecurity. But because he needs these people for election purpose that is why they are still there, that is why they are killing we need much more than that,” he said.
The Minister said he had earlier sworn not to speak about happenings in Rivers, adding however, they he can’t “keep quiet in the face of 21 one lives, you can’t just keep quite”.
“I have said it that nobody should criticise our successor, let him do his beat but a successor that watches the lives of people go like that and does not care? God will bless him,” he said.