Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, clashed on Sunday over the state of insecurity in the state.
According to reports, Amaechi attributed the rising crime in parts of Rivers State to the high level of unemployment, and also accused Wike of acquiring properties everywhere in the state.
However, Wike reacted to this by saying that it was disingenuous for the minister to blame the security challenge in the state on unemployment, saying the failure of the APC-led Government was responsible for the insecurity in the country and not unemployment.
Amaechi reportedly stated that, “Rivers State is in danger, completely; a state where properties are being collected and somebody is busy building everywhere and nobody is talking.BWhen I was governor, God knows, I did my best. I did not build only roads, I built schools. I built electricity. I built farms. I created employment.”
He said that, “The reason why crime is high in Rivers State is because of unemployment is very high. That the reason why we had the Songhai Farm. Today, the Songhai Farm is gone. That is why we had the Banana Farm that they stopped in Khana (Ogoni land).”
Meanwhile, Wike in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, on Sunday had made it known that Amaechi was indicting his boss and the President Buhari, knowing full well that the latter was constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of providing security for Nigerians.
Wike asked in the statement that, “Is unemployment fuelling insecurity in Kaduna, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, Ondo, Ebony, Imo and Niger states governed by the All Progressives Congress?”
He probed that, “Is he (Amaechi) trying to indict his boss, President Muhammad Buhari, who is the Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and who is constitutionally saddle with the responsibility to provide security for Nigerians?”
He stated that, “It is a well-known fact that Amaechi is the one who appoints every Commissioner of Police that has been posted to Rivers State since 2015. So, if there is any security failure, he is to blame.”