The immediate past governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday disclosed that ‘Witchcraft politics’ is responsible for the insecurity and high crime rate in the state, pointing out that he successfully tackled insecurity up until the “new men of power” came into the government.
Noting that “23 men, women and children were murdered” while returning from Cross-over service on New Year day at Omoku, Rivers state, he accused the Governor Nyesom Wike-led government of failing to take responsibility for the peoples security.
The minister of Transportation, who stated this in a broadcast to the people over recent killings in the state, noted that the people of Rivers have in the past few years, “suffered and endured a debilitating state of insecurity”.
He said, “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.
“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.