That Amaechi’s Vituperation


Penultimate week, Minister of Transportation and immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi told supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike is sponsoring APC’s crisis in the state.
Amaechi, while addressing members of the APC at a rally held at the Civic Centre, Rumueme in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, said that Governor Wike should be held responsible for the crisis rocking the party.
He further said that Wike does not have the monopoly of killing, thereby painting the Governor in bad light among Rivers people.
We recall that the outburst at the Rumueme Civic Centre was not the first time Amaechi had accused the Governor of unsubstantiated allegations hinging on the governor’s integrity and reputation before the eyes of the public.
While we acknowledge the fact that Amaechi, as a politician can campaign or politick for his party, APC, we think that he owes the responsibility to first and foremost respect the office of the Governor of the state no matter who occupies it.
It is, therefore, uncharitable for a high public officer of Amaechi’s status and one who had occupied the exalted office of a governor, to make wild and spurious allegations against his successor in the person of Governor Wike.
The utterances of Amaechi and his co-travellers must therefore be watched critically in order not to pitch the Governor against Rivers people which we believe is Amaechi’s intention.
We recall that since PDP, particularly Governor Wike wrest power from APC and Amaechi in 2015, the Minister has continuously promoted and fanned the embers of disunity, acrimony, hate and tension to portray the state in bad light.
His intention is to de-market the state and scare investors from the state which he governed for eight years with little or nothing to show for his stewardship.
The Tide considers Amaechi’s outburst as worrisome, provocative, inciting and unacceptable in view of the fact that Rivers State belongs to all and every well-meaning Rivers man and woman must protect it no matter his or her political inclinations.
Sadly, Amaechi’s action constitutes a dis-service to the government and people of Rivers State and we advise him to desist from further inflammatory utterances.
Amaechi must be civil and decorous and exhibit highest sense of maturity and respect to the number one citizen of the state who deserves the highest regard.
Whether Amaechi or his cohorts like it or not, Wike has the mandate of the people of the state and so should be respected.
As a statesman, he must carry himself with dignity befitting that of a high public officer especially in a time when the state enjoys peace and sustainable development.
As a political leader, Amaechi should think of what he can do or attract to his state, and not to destroy what we already have on ground.
Amaechi should first and foremost remember that he is a Rivers man who will even finally return to his state after public service.