Amaechi, Wike renew hostility over Rivers insecurity

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his predecessor,
Rotimi Amaechi, on Sunday, renewed their hostility over the
worsening insecurity in the state.
The duo had been at loggerheads since 2015 when Amaechi
left office as governor of Rivers State.
The Minister of Transportation, who spoke while receiving
two former commissioners and other persons who defected
to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Port Harcourt on
Sunday, blamed the insecurity in the state on
unemployment.
He also accused Wike of acquiring properties and buildings
everywhere in the state.
Amaechi insisted that Rivers State was in danger.
He said: “Rivers State is in danger, completely. A state
where properties are collected and somebody is busy
building everywhere and nobody is talking.
“When I was governor, God knows, I did my best. I did not
build only roads, I built schools. I did not build only roads, I
built electricity. I built farms. I created employment. Rivers
State was not among the highest unemployed community in
Nigeria.
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“I felt that you employed me. I was not your master; I was
your servant. I was not a contractor. I paid contractors so
that they can pay their workers and the money will circulate.
“The reason why crime is high in Rivers State is that
unemployment is very high. That the reason why we had the
Songhai Farm. Today, the Songhai Farm is gone. That is why
we had the Banana Farm that they stopped in Khana
(Ogoniland).”
But in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media,
Kelvin Ebiri, Wike faulted the minister for blaming the
security challenge in the state on unemployment.
He insisted that the failure of the APC-led federal
government was responsible for the prevailing insecurity in
the country.
The governor said Amaechi was indicting President
Muhammadu Buhari because the President was
constitutionally empowered to provide security for
Nigerians.
He said: “Is unemployment fueling insecurity in Kaduna,
Plateau, Borno, Yobe, Ondo, Ebony, Imo and Niger States
governed by the All Progressives Congress (APC)?
“Is he (Amaechi) trying to indict his boss, President
Muhammad Buhari, who is the Commander in Chief of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, and who is constitutionally
saddled with the responsibility to provide security for
Nigerians?
“It is a well-known fact that Amaechi is the one who
appoints every Commissioner of Police that had been
posted to Rivers State since 2015. So, if there is any security
failure, he is to blame.”

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