The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has faulted Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for saying President Muhammadu Buhari, will set Nigeria on fire if he doesn’t implement the demands of the South-South people.
South-South leaders including Wike had demanded the restructuring of the country in line with the principle of true federalism, saying it will guarantee peace, security and stability in the country.
Wike and the leaders made the demand during a recent meeting with the presidential delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.
The governor subsequently said the President will set the country on fire if he failed to implement these demands.
But speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics last night, Amaechi, who was governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015, chided his successor for issuing the ‘threat’.
Amaechi said, “That is not something that should come out from the mouth of a governor. It shouldn’t come out from the mouth of a governor.”
According to minister, former president Goodluck Jonathan who is from the South-South had the opportunity of restructuring the country but did nothing about it.
“We talked about restructuring and resource control but he was there for six years and the resources were not controlled neither were they handed over to the South-South. It is much more than that.”
“I am from the South-South and while I agree that we are not fairly treated, I don’t also agree anybody can set the country on fire; no president should act on such threat. A more matured person won’t make such comment.
“Why is it that it is only when the north is in power that we raise the issue of restructuring? Have we asked ourselves that we had the opportunity of being in government for six years and nothing changed?
“I’m not against the president addressing the demands but the president can’t address them under threats.”