Governor Amaechi not ready peace talks yet!

According to Amaechi, central to his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan is the failure of his administration to address some aspirations of the people of the Niger Delta for development, and for undermining Rivers State.

The governor spoke at this year’s Rotary Club leadership award at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt yesterday.

He referred to the position of his Delta State counterpart, Emmanuel Uduaghan, that it would be unexpected of anybody from the South-South geo-political zone to oppose Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015.

According to the governor who described himself as first a Nigerian who doesn’t know about being South-South, the reason there exist the various geo-political zones in the country is that the country’s leadership is based on “a rent culture where all the leaders talk about is how to share the country’s resources.”

“So, the South-South has shared for four years. How many of you have benefited from the sharing of the four years? Raise your hand? (none did) How many of you came from the East-West Road? How is the road? And our President is from the South-South, is he not? So, you see why I should support the president. The basic truth is that none of us should oppose the President if you are from the South-South.

“And that is what Emma (Governor Uduaghan) has just said and I agree with him. But I also said that the President must know that if it is a rent culture and sharing culture, I am a Rivers State man, I am entitled to that rent that he has got. If I don’t get that, I will rebel. Is it not so?” he said.

The governor also condemned the Federal Government for retaining the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, despite a resolution asking for his removal by the National Assembly.

“What nation will allow a Commissioner of Police like Mbu to continue in his position other than Nigeria? Maybe, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan?” he said.

The governor whose faction of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has demanded the resignation of the Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, over poor performance of the country’s economy, said the failure of the Federal Government to remit the statutory allocations due to states was an indication that the economy was bad.

He explained that the call for Okonjo-Iweala’s resignation was based on the poor state of the economy. He said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had revealed that the country earned a total of N1.05 trillion in July, but surprisingly, the minister had not been able to pay states like Rivers their due statutory allocations.

“We asked that the Minister of Finance should resign if she is not able to manage the economy and she replied that the economy dey kampe. As of now, we are yet to receive the complete money for July. How strong is an economy that can’t fund a state government? Our entitlement as Rivers State Government in July was N19 billion. They have paid us only N14 billion. CBN published receipt of N1.05 trillion in July. So, why are they saying there is no money if we received N1.05 trillion in July?” he asked.