Minister of Transport and former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, has challenged the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike, to charge him to court if he has any case of fraud or misappropriation of state funds against him.
You will recall that Wike had accused Amaechi of stealing N82 million to host Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. This has resulted in a war of words which is fought regularly by the duo on the pages of newspapers.
Amaechi who responded to the corruption allegations in a statement, urged Wike to go to court and charge him, adding that Rivers people are uninterested in his lies and witch-hunt.
“Wike must stop these silly distractions. Rivers people are not interested in his lies and witch-hunt. Rather, Rivers people want to know what will happen to their children that he stopped and cancelled the funding of their scholarships abroad. Rivers people want to know why the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), an agency setup by law is no longer functioning under Wike?
“Why, instead of quality education, a standard set by his predecessor, under Wike, grasses and weeds have taken over the beautiful schools built by Amaechi?
“Rivers people want to know why the standard health facilities and services put in place by the Amaechi administration are rotting away, not this petty rambling. Rivers people want to know why the Wike government does not care about the security of their lives and property, as violence and other criminal activities have taken over.
“Rivers people want to know why it feels as if there is no government in Rivers State, and this is in spite of the billions of naira that has accrued to the Wike administration and the tens of billions of naira borrowed.”
The statement warned Wike against dragging the names of respected Nigerians who have made the country proud globally and who are internationally known to be honest and forthright, such as Prof Soyinka into his unbridled, unashamed and ill-advised attack of his former boss and benefactor.