The former Governor of Rivers state, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has said that ‘witchcraft politics’ is responsible for the insecurity and rate of crime in the state.
He said this while addressing the people in a broadcast on Monday concerning the recent killings in the state.
According to Ameachi, the people of Rivers have in the past few years, “suffered and endured a debilitating state of insecurity.”
Speaking specifically about the New Year killings, the past governor noted that “23 men, women and children were murdered” while returning from a church service and accused the Wike-led government of failing to take responsibility for the peoples security.
Some 48 hours after the Omoku massacre, the response of the governor and government of Rivers State whose primary responsibility is to protect you from these kind of attacks was a gabble blather about a two hundred million naira bounty and to launch another round of attacks on me because I politely advised them to protect Rivers people or resign from office.
“Like most of you, I was shocked, utterly disgusted to hear the man, who, I must repeat, took an oath to protect you, attempts to justify and casually explain away the cold-blooded murder of innocent Rivers people in Omoku on New Year’s Day.
The governor’s attempt to justify and compare the Omoku murders or any other killings in Rivers State to whatever is happening in any other part of the country is a deceitful, poisonous narrative that we must never allow to flourish.
“The governor’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 stated.
Furthermore, Amaechi stressed that during his time as the state governor, he successfully tackled the issue of insecurity up until the ‘new men of power’ came into the government.
“Let no one deceive you with a twisted narrative on the origins, causes and solutions to the bloodbath in Rivers State. Most of you can attest to how I battled and tackled insecurity when I served as your governor.
“I led the fight against the cultists, gangs, thugs and criminals masquerading as militants; they were driven out from hiding, many fled the State. I was able to do that because I was never in bed with the criminals; I never appointed any into political office or crowned any king. The administration I led was able to return the State to serenity from the horrible state of insecurity and violence we met when we took over.
“Rivers people enjoyed peace until the months leading up to the 2015 general elections when these ‘new’ men of power in the state introduced unprecedented violence and killings in the State.
“We cannot continue to live like this. The Omoku massacre is the breaking point where we must all collectively rise up and raise our voices to say we’ve had enough. The governor and Chief Security Officer of the State who swore an oath to protect us must now protect us or resign from office.
“We will no longer tolerate his inability and/or refusal to protect defenceless citizens. Enough is enough,” he stressed.