Nigeria’s Transport Minister, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has belittled his successor, Nyesom Wike as a child who is not capable of governing a state.
Mr. Amaechi made the degradation in a recent interview with some editors in Abuja, saying Wike continues to falter and misfire because the state is too big for a ‘child’ like him to handle.
The former Rivers State governor also accused the governor of trying to erase his achievements by changing the name of one of the projects he built while in charge of the state.
Amaechi said, “A governor should not tell lies but when you make a child a governor, then you expect a reverse of the protocols of governance.
“There is a saying in my village that if you give a child something he can’t carry, he would falter and falter. The hospitals I built are still being used; he tried to change the name of one of the hospitals I built inside the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
“He lied. I met 200 doctors when I came in as governor, I employed 400 more. He even lied that I owed salaries for six months. Let anybody in the state come out to say I did not start paying April salary before I left in May 2015. He should ask for files.
“He said each village should manage their own primary school security. It is disastrous because Rivers will not come out of this disaster for a long time. I met a state that people were being killed and I stopped it; now people are not just being killed, they are being beheaded.”
Wike was once Amaechi’s Chief of Staff in the latter’s first tenure as governor. But both fell apart during Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency while Wike was a minister of state for education after Amaechi, as Rivers governor made Mrs. Patience Jonathan, wife of the President, to understand that he was in charge in Rivers.
Wike was caught in the middle of the face-off between Amaechi and Jonathan’s wife (Presidency). And he chose to pitch tent with the Presidency because it was politically convenient for him to do so, watchers believe.