Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state retaliated against Rotimi Amaechi, a ex minister of transportation, on Monday for criticizing him for showing no respect to the late Alabo T. O. Graham-Douglas (TOG), a 4 time federal minister, who was buried on Saturday in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.
In his goodwill message, Amaechi stated that Alabo TOG surely deserves all the attention from the Rivers government, including a state burial. However, the Rivers governor chose to skip Alabo TOG’s funeral in favor of a Port Harcourt event to welcome defectors from opposition political parties to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In response, Wike told his successor that he and his team honored Alabo TOG throughout Alabo’s lifetime, which Amaechi allegedly never did, during the commissioning of another renovated state government building in Port Harcourt.
Wike responded to Amechi in a lengthy manner with, “I tell everyone, let’s live in peace. So many individuals believe they won’t live if they don’t talk about us. People enjoy using the death and life of our famous people in political games.
“If you attend a funeral in a man’s respect who has passed away, you respect the man and do not exploit his passing for political gain. I find it extremely disappointing that the ex minister of transportation, Amaechi, will continue to visit our state to criticize the current administration for failing to give late Alabo Graham-Douglas a state funeral.
“It’s regrettable. So where are you while Alabo was ill, I questioned him. To ensure Alabo’s survival, this state government invested a substantial amount of money. I’ll take on anyone. In order to ensure the survival of our older statesmen, we didn’t spend less than N50 million.
“What we’re after is his survival. We wished for his survival. The same government (Rivers) paid for the late son’s flight to London after his accident; go around and ask folks. We couldn’t have stated all of this, but we like to visit the graves of the deceased when people gather to speak in public.
When Alabo was alive, he instructed you to honor him by raising the stool of Amanayabo, but you didn’t do it. “Amaechi, let me ask you. When I arrived, I raised the stool to First Class. Amaechi, Alabo asked you to assist in building the Ring Route in Abonnema so that we won’t face the issue of having everyone stranded on one road if necessary. He (Amaechi) refused to do it as a sign of his affection for the man. I finished.
“When I was living, Alabo told Amaechi, why don’t you do the Trans Kalabari Road now that I’m alive? It wasn’t done by you. It is being done by me. Who then is the lover of Alabo? I am aware of your motivation for going there given the man in deaths, who has an interest. Going there after he has passed away is the only way you can truly adore the man. When he was living, you should have done these things to make him happy, but you didn’t.
In order to make room for a 1000-bed Karibe-Whyte Hospital, you demolished our General Hospital prior to Justice Karibe-passing. Whyte’s Karibe-Whyte passed away, never witnessing a single block you built. But after his passing, you went there to warn the Kalabari people about the level of insecurity present. That is how you honor the deceased.
“Capt Elechi Amadi passed away; in fact, you promised to build the Faculty of Humanities before he did. Block laying was your attempt. Despite the fact that everyone is aware of your interest in his family, you abandoned it, and I came along and finished the building. You lead a life of that nature.
“For a man you claim to love, Elechi Amadi, there was no route to his home when he passed away. I came and instructed MCC to complete that road. The burial of Captain Elechi Amadi was completed in this manner. Therefore, you should feel bad about yourself.
Instead of coming to say that our late elder has passed away and may his soul be at peace, you come to begin discussing politics in this region. I believed that some people ought to be aware that everything has its limits. I wouldn’t have revealed you now if you hadn’t stated what you did on Saturday. Nobody knew you have interests everywhere.
“Do you have to be interested in every guy you call a friend? Some folks need to keep quiet. We’ve removed all of your people. Because to your bad leadership, nobody joined your party again. Why not survive and remain?
“In your 7 years as transportation minister, what did you do for your people? Tell everyone in Rivers. All you cared about was conducting business with CCECC, using standard gauge, or any other gauge; but, from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, there has been no one to be seen.
“As a junior minister, I brought oil and gas polytechnic to Bonny and Law Faculty to Uniport. Ignatius Ajuru University and Kenule Polytechnic both received funding from me. I renovated the majority of Rivers’ secondary schools. Tell us what you bring to the table as a Grade A Minister. Do you believe you can trick Rivers State once more?
So far as this region is concerned, you are a complete failure, so this should be the last time you speak about it. You obstructed even what was meant to come to us. You departed thinking that your time as a minister would not end.
Wike on urged Herbert Wigwe, MD/CEO of Access Bank, and other confident Rivers-born investors to take advantage of the privilege of first refusal to purchase part of the Rivers State Government’s renovated property that is currently on the market.
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