Rivers elders want peace, project continuity


By Gladys Nweke

                                                                                                                                    Rivers State Elders and Leadership Council has moved for reconciliation of two of their sons and  political figures in the state, Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, former governor and outgoing minister of transportation,; and Chief/Barr Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State.

In a meeting convened by the  leader of forum, Chief A.K Horsfall, in Port Harcourt, to discuss the way forward of the heightened insecurity and abnormalities experienced by residents and citizens in Rivers State, he said that the forum will be writing letters of utmost concern to the state government, security agencies in the state and relevant authorities to proffer solution and to also ensure that the state is conducive for all.

Chief Horsfall who was former director of States Security Service (SSS), in his speech, said that governments is a continuity and should continue to build on unfinished projects of their predecessors instead of abandoning them. He also noted that the lack of continuity of old projects of former administration by current administration will cost much for the state.

He said, “Lack of continuity costs so much and  people don’t appreciate that government is a continuing machinery. You don’t suddenly get up to destroy or remove what past government has done.”

He said that if machinery was effective, then administrations should build on top of it not remove it. “If they have some better machinery, you don’t have to throw away the earlier one, you build on top of it and make it better.”

Continuing, Chief Horsfall said that the men of the Nigerian military are currently investigating the military involvement in the just concluded 2019 election.

He said that this investigation was as a result of the many protests by some Rivers citizens against the militarization of the just concluded election.

According to him, “The army came obtrusively and invaded the process regrettably and I think due to some of the protests we made, the military is still investigating what happened at that time in their own manner. I think when they are done, they will take action and punish somebody.”

Chief Horsfall also emphasized on ongoing reconciliation of Amaechi and Wike, saying that they have started the process  and they are  yet to react. “We will keep on pressing them to ensure that they answer us.”