Monday, May 25, 2015

Rivers CPs, military commanders reporting to Patience Jonathan –Amaechi

Governor Rotimi Amaechi
The Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, on Sunday said his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan, was due in part to Mrs. Jonathan’s meddlesomeness.
He said this after the premiere of a documentary on the Amaechi years, at the Silver Bird Galleria, Abuja.
According to him, the President and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, would have taken him to the cleaners, if they had found anything incriminating against him.
Amaechi said, “We had a disagreement in principle between me and the President. Have you seen a country where the Commissioner of Police is reporting to the wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.
“Have you seen a country where the Brigade Commander or the Navy Commander or Air force Commander is reporting to the Wife of the President? It’s in Rivers State.”
He explained that he was convinced that such conduct would not help in the development of any nation and he took a stand against it.
Amaechi stressed that Nigeria must never again go back to such dark days, stressing that public officers should learn to lead by the rule so as to avoid abuse of office by their spouses.
He pointed out that it was the husband who was elected. The governor revealed that in his own case, he ensured that his wife knew her limits and he always told her she had no right to call any of his commissioners for anything, because the people voted him into office as governor not her.
Amaechi challenged anyone who had doubts about his performance in office to go to Rivers State and see for himself.
He also said all he did in the state were not for self-glorification but were done to bequeath a legacy for successive administrations in the state to sustain but added that 90 per cent of the people who worked with him betrayed him.
He further showcased his achievements spanning all sectors of the state economy, wondering why the Federal Government was desperate about casting his administration in bad light even when he spent N105bn on federal roads.
He also pointed out that he kept a proper account of his stewardship and the books were open for all to see. This, he said, gave him the courage to sustain the struggle, expressing joy that history will vindicate him in the end.
In the documentary which featured some of his projects in the areas of security, agriculture, education, transportation, health and social development, Amaechi’s said the documentary left out some projects he would love to see documented.
Senator Magnus Abbe, who also featured in the documentary, explained how Amaechi pioneered the amnesty programme through which insecurity in the state was drastically reduced.