My security fears, by Amaechi
Rivers State Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi spoke yesterday of the worrisome security situation in the state, saying his administration’s effort may be hindered by the activities of Police Commissioner Mbu John Mbu.
Amaechi spoke when former Minister of Petroleum Prof. Tam David-West visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
David-West bemoaned Amaechi’s travails and described him as a victim of injustice.
Amaechi said: “Prof., let me mention to you some of the challenges we are facing in Rivers State now. I will give you snippets of the letter I am trying to send to the President.
“Somebody at the top changed our Commissioner of Police and brought a man that when we finish Security Council meeting, he goes to report who said what and we are unable to hold any Security Council meeting anymore because of that.
“Insecurity is threatening to come back; kidnapping is on the rise; armed robbery is on the rise because they have hijacked the security of the state.
“The Commissioner of Police reports to them in Abuja directly. He doesn’t report to the governor; he has nothing to do with the government. He takes away security men from commissioners and posts security men to the Chairman of Port Harcourt Club. Port Harcourt Club is a social gathering, it is somewhere behind us here. So, we have that problem and we believe that we should begin to address it.
“If we need to march on the streets, we will call you to come and join us. We are preparing to march on the streets if this anomaly continues.”
Amechi went on: “We want the federal government to remember that the reason for which the federal government did not support state police is because they say the governors will mismanage state police, then, the federal police should not be mismanaged against us because the federal police is an institution for all Nigerians. I don’t want to go into details because we are still hoping that they will see reason…”
Police Chief Mba has always said he is being fair in his duties, adding that he has not taken sides in the crisis that has siezed the local Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
David-West said: “I started to write about Governor Amaechi before I ever met him personally. I am not a member of any political party. I am supporting a cause that is very dear to me and that cause is justice. I have been a victim of injustice in my life, so when I see people suffering injustice, I naturally support them. I took personal interest in the governor’s (Amaechi) case ever before I met him in person. I support a cause not for personal gain.
“We are going through very strange times in Nigeria, stranger still that 16 is now greater than 19 (referring to Nigeria Governors’ Forum election outcome). Our governor is going through very difficult times. Fortunately, he has the stamina and the strength, the fortitude to bear…”
According to the Professor of Virology, who is from Rivers State, Amaechi has outperformed every other governor the state has ever had. He called for support for him, saying anyone who disputes Amaechi’s performance is “blinder than the bat”.
Said David-West: “I have followed the history of all governors to Governor Amaechi and from Diette-Spiff to him, I make bold to say without any apologies or regrets that no governor has focused himself to elevating Rivers State, Port Harcourt than Governor Amaechi. It was, I think in Buguma, I said, when the governor was visiting Buguma to campaign for election, they honoured me to speak and I said ‘anyone who says that Governor Amaechi has done nothing for Rivers State or Port Harcourt is blinder than the bat’, “ he said.
He lamented Amaechi’s suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He also lamented the lies and political propaganda going on in the polity against Amaechi but urged the governor not to be distracted.
David-West pledged his unflinching support for Amaechi and urged him to always rely on God for his strength. He also prayed God to give victory to the governor and urged the people to support him and not sit on the fence.
According to him, Amaechi has made enemies for fighting for a just cause. He described him as “a hero with decorum in relating with others”.
Amaechi, who affirmed David-West’s integrity, also spoke on the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF)election, which he won, but which is being disputed.
He said: “Yesterday, my friend and brother, the Governor of Plateau State, convened a meeting of some governors. To prove that we won the election, only 16 governors went. He has never held a meeting where they are more than 16 governors.
“We shall very soon call our own meeting because we have been trying hard to talk to them and talk to everybody for them to see why we need to be together and respect democracy.
“Their non-acceptance of the will of the governors is undemocratic. They should not have put themselves forward for election because if you don’t accept results when you don’t win, then you are not democratic. Anybody who recognises my brother Jang (as NGF chairman) is also undemocratic because even that person may not accept any election result that does not favour him. Let the will of the people be expressed and let us respect the sanctity of their decision.”