Rotimi Amaechi speaks out.
The Minister of Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has lamented on the recurring spate of insecurity and political intimidation in the Oil rich State, under Governor Nyesom Wike’s watch.
Amaechi expressed his concern during the funeral service of late Justice Adolphus Godwin Karibi-Whyte, at Saint Augustine’s Anglican Church, Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
While extolling the virtues of the late Supreme Court Justice, Amaechi said that fear has pervaded the State he bequeathed in 2015, adding that, the residents have failed to openly challenge the current administration.
Amaechi who was making reference to activities of kidnappers and cultists, stated that Rivers State is heading back to the dark days, when cultists terrorised residents of the State.
His words: “You have lost your voice. The sage has gone under, and nobody is speaking. When I was Governor, I gave people voices, but they have blocked those voices.
“I was happy with the sermon, the Bishop indicted us. If you are a Governor, have you governed well? If you are a Politician, have you carried your people along?
“Everyone is scared. We are going back to when Ateke held sway. We are going back to the period where we run away from our people. We are back to a period when nobody can speak. But from next year, I will begin to speak, if nobody wants to speak.
“We are all here because we need to bury a man God has blessed. I have stopped travelling, because of bad weather, but I told myself, I must be at here, because of Justice Whyte.
“If you knew Justice very well, you will know I was close to him. I was one of the few people he mentored. He taught me that character was essential to life. I was a Governor at 42, and he told me, even in my 40s, I was the oldest person in Rivers State, and that I must behave like a father to all.”
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