The Immediate past governor of Rivers state now Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has advised his successor, Nyesom Wike, to quit his office if he cannot continue to govern the state.
Amaechi said this while reacting to the gruesome murder of 20 persons by unknown gunmen in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state yesterday January 1st. The victims had just returned from their church’s cross over service when the gunmen stormed their area and carried out a house-to-house attack.
Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Amaechi said when he was governor, this never happened. He blamed the governor for the insecurity in the state.
“I think the governor needs to get a bit more serious, he should stop encouraging the militant groups in the name of politics and election. You heard about 21 only in Omoku, what about in Akutoru where two person were killed, what about other LGA. 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 and 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. Too much noise coming from Rivers State, the governor just wakes up and starts shouting, abusing people that’s all he does. Mr. Project painting roads, 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 to be kidnapped was Chief Omogu. 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.”