By Gladys Nweke
The Ikwerre, Etche and Orashi ethnic nationalities have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi to order.This was how Amaechi and his camp had called on Goodluck Jonathan from 2013 to 2015 to call then Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike and wife of the president, Jonathan, to order.
Leaders of the ethnic nationalities in a press briefing addressed by Celestine Omehia for Ikwerre ethnic nationality, Prince Emma Anyanwu for Etche and Professor Keneli Ebeku for Orashi region said the purpose of press briefing was to draw the attention of President Buhari, well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to current political developments in Rivers State as it affects various ethnic nationalities in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, a former Governor of the state, Sir Omehia said the briefing had become necessary in view of the rising degree of tension, hostility and violence as the rescheduled 2019 general elections approached.
Many other groups had also addressed the press on the same matter, and the APC said these groups were mere fingers of the same Rivers State government.
Omehia however alleged that “The unending atmosphere of hostility being foisted by the unholy relationship between the APC and the security agencies has become a major source of worry, threatening peace and communal tranquillity.”
As leaders, our duty is to promote peaceful and free atmosphere before, during and after the polls and warn about possible flashpoints in the path to the 23rd February 2019 rescheduled elections, he stated.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Minister of Transportation and Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, at the Party’s campaign rally in Port Harcourt said they were ready for the Governor of Rivers State and whatever the PDP would bring up.
The Minister in full public glare accused the opposing political party of committing crimes against him in 2015 and called for revenge in the presence of the President and Commander – In – Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In a veiled threat, he said it was time to be a man”
Roaring like a warrior, he incited his followers with an Igbo war song.
“As Ikwerre people who understand the import of such a war song, we cannot sit idly and watch the Minister of Transportation cause our people unnecessary harm through his unbridled quest for power. Ikwerre people are worried that as build up to the 2019 general elections, some parts of our ethnic nationality have become theatres of violence and killings. This recurring decimal may not be unconnected with the political adventurism of the Minister of Transportation who will stop at nothing to ensure that he remains politically relevant”, he stated.
He said that the group wanted to use the forum as the leaders of Ikwerre ethnic nationality to call the Minister of Transportation to order.
Amaechi had in a press conference in Port Harcourt last year said that he was not a violent person and would not be involved in any act of violence. His supporters however say this should not be used as excuse to run the APC out of the state.