The former Governor of Rivers state and now Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has condemned the New Year Day massacre in Omoku community in Rivers state while accusing his successor Governor Nyesom Wike of deliberately refusing to halt violence and killings in the state.
The transport minister who accused the Governor of failing to keep to the oath he swore upon assuming office as the chief security officer of the state by protecting the lives of the Rivers people, however, called on the Governor to resign from office.
Amaechi who gave the statement in a recorded broadcast he addressed to Rivers people, said that Wike lacks the political will and has “devilishly refused to halt the violence and killings, and restore some level of sanity in the State because of their mischievous politics and voodoo electoral calculations.”
He however said that while he was the Governor of the state, that he took the protection of the lives of Rivers people very seriously.
The Transport Minister however lamented how the wanton killings in Rivers have made the state to be referred to as “Rivers of Blood” under the current leadership of the Wike-led administration.
Amaechi who condemned Wike’s blaming of the massacre and insecurity in the state on opposition politicians and oil companied also said that “the governor and Chief Security Officer of the State who swore an oath to protect us must now protect us or resign from office.”
According to him, Wike’s “repugnant attempt at finger pointing, blaming oil companies, opposition politicians and everyone else apart from himself, is a clear indication that he has abdicated his primary constitutional responsibility to safeguard lives and property.”
He also said that “We cannot continue to live like this. We will no longer tolerate his inability and/or refusal to protect defenseless citizens. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”
Saying the bloodbath in Rivers is enough, the minister also added that “The Omoku massacre is the breaking point where we must all collectively rise up and raise our voices to say we’ve had enough.”