Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has disagreed with the former governor of the state and current Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, over the security challenge in the state.
Amaechi, while receiving some defectors from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, into the All Progressives Congress, APC, said the curfew imposed in the state by Wike was a sign that Wike’s administration has failed.
The minister blamed the level of insecurity in the state for the alleged high level of unemployment, saying during his tenure he (Amaechi) led every operation to chase criminal elements out of the state.
Amaechi said the state was in danger, expressing regrets that governor Wike was acquiring the whole property in the state without considering the safety and welfare of the people.
He stated that when he was a Governor, he did not only built roads but schools, Health Centers, farms, industries, employment of different categories of people, and as well send Rivers sons and daughters to study overseas which helped in tackling security challenges then.
Reacting to this, Wike said it was disingenuous for the minister of transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, to attribute insecurity in the State to unemployment.
He added that if the past governor has any modicum of sincerity, he will attest to the fact that security is the sole responsibility of the federal government.
“Is unemployment fuelling insecurity in Kaduna, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, Ondo, Ebony, Imo, 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 allegedly appoints every Commissioner of Police that has been posted to Rivers State since 2015. So, if there is any security failure, he is to blame,” he said
Governor Wike described the minister’s misguided utterance on the current imposition of curfew in the State, following the recent attacks on police formations, as rather unfortunate.
“Perhaps, the minister is happy that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are killing innocent policemen, who were protecting lives and property.
“Is Amaechi happy that the weapons of this slain security personnel were carted away by the hoodlums? Amaechi, from all indications, has lost focus and is now frustrated,” he said.
The governor declared that his administration has offered a scholarship to over 500 Rivers State students to study medicine and other related courses at the PAMO University.
Reacting to the allegation by the minister that he is acquiring property in the State, the governor said it better to acquire property in Nigeria than to do so in Ghana.
The governor further urged the minister to return to Abuja and resolve the financial malfeasance rocking federal agencies under his watch and desist from destroying the homes of others.