Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has described as unfortunate the silence of security agencies in apprehending those that ‘want to destroy the state.’
Governor Wike expressed this at the weekend while speaking on Arise Television on contemporary issues.
He said the threat by a pro-Amaechi group, which has gone viral, did not mean anything to security agencies.
The governor recalled that All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters threatened and attacked the Rivers State High Court because of internal party squabbles and that security agencies did not bring the perpetrators to justice.
Governor Wike said the pro-Amaechi supporters were courageous because their paymasters have assured them of security cover.
‘It is really unfortunate that some people can now want to destroy the state. They issue threats and the security agencies cannot come out to say we can’t tolerate such threat against the peace and existence of the state. I will not go to court against anybody because the threat is in the public domain. It is obvious that they have the Police, Department of State Security, Air Force, Navy and the Army,’ said the governor.
‘Otherwise, how do you explain the long silence of the Nigeria security agencies over such threats already trending online. For whatever reasons, why won’t they bother about the person making such threats because of an internal problem within APC?
‘Remember, for the first time in the history of this country, when [Minister of Transportation] Chibuike Amaechi was governor, he shut down the courts for two years. Based on that experience, more threats and attacks are seen.
‘The minister is now coming to say that he is not a man of violence, which is not true. We are not children to be so deceived. During the campaign leading to 2019 elections, he came to the state chanting war songs and nobody cautioned him,’ Wike said.
Speaking on the role of the police in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state, Governor Wike accused a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state of having worked to frustrate the implementation of an Executive Order.
He said because the heads of the security agencies cooperated with him to save lives in the state they were all transferred and that has instilled fear in their successors.
‘I have said it always that governors are not the real chief security officers. They are only chief logistics officers of their states providing funds for security agencies’ operations.
‘For us, we are talking about COVID-19 pandemic which is commonplace across the country. The safety of the people is paramount and we signed an Executive Order. But, a Deputy Commissioner went ahead to flout it.
‘In fact, the Commissioner of Police was transferred, including the director of DSS, and the Air Force Commander, because they worked with me to enforce COVID-19 protocols. The new people they have sent are also afraid. Such a double standard in this country is not healthy,’ the governor stated.
The governor, speaking on an Amnesty International (AI) report, called on the international NGO to be objective in their activities and to stop labelling states with alarming reports.
He described as incorrect the figure of deaths in the state as a result of cultism which was published by AI, saying that cultism has been fought to a standstill in Rivers.
Wike asked: ‘Why are they not talking about the insecurity across Nigeria, particularly the killings done by bandits in some states? Is it because those states are controlled by the ruling party?
‘Today, Rivers State is comparatively faring well. We have fought cultists to a standstill. But, you cannot say that is the case in Nigeria as a whole today. What has Amnesty said about killings by bandits in other states?
‘If there is insecurity, you can’t see the level of infrastructural development activities going on in Rivers state. Multinational companies like Julius Berger, Setraco and CCECC are here working and none of them is affected by insecurity. Residents know that the state is moving on very well,’ he said.
The Rivers governor pointed out that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was happy to have resolved the disagreement that ensued in Edo State before the governorship primaries, which has eliminated litigations.
He said that when the interest of every party member is protected nobody would feel aggrieved and the party would continue to remain united.
‘I have always said that politics is where you must carry everybody along. Sometimes, there can be disagreements but the ability to reconcile everybody is important. Particularly as an opposition party, it is healthy to have division. There is no need to make people think that you don’t want them. I told Governor Godwin Obaseki so and anybody who knows me understands that I am not against anybody.
‘After the primaries now, everybody is very happy and Governor Godwin Obaseki is at home. If we have allowed what was going on then to continue, you will be alarmed at the level of division that will erupt and it will be like what you see in APC.
‘As a loyal party man of the South-South region, I would want the whole region to belong to one political group which is what it is likely to be. If APC is in crisis, it is not my business to help it. Remember, we also had our own crisis under Ali Modu Sherrif and they were jubilating. As a politician, I am happy that we have taken one more state from them. I will continue to pray that they make more mistakes,’ he added.