Amaechi, Victory For How Many Barrels Of Blood?

By Ikenga Chronicles May 15, 2018

Amaechi, Victory For How Many Barrels Of Blood?

—Oraye St. Franklyn

When former President Goodluck Jonathan said most profoundly that his ambition was not worth the blood of any one, he knew what he was saying because he lived in a society where blood was mostly the price paid for the ambitions of politicians.

In Rivers State as with most parts of Nigeria, those behind the current APC Federal Government have not failed at their cultic penchant for spilling blood and wasting lives as they fight to entrench themselves against the wishes of the majority and the ethos of democracy.

Rotimi Amaechi, Buhari’s minister and campaign chief, who has been at the fore of the call for a declaration of a state of emergency in Rivers State has also been the arrow head of crisis in the state, making every attempt to promote insecurity and where he fails, a narrative of such, at every given opportunity.

His affinity with the absurd hasn’t gone unnoticed. If you’d recall, two days before the deadly January 1 strike of criminals at Omoku, who killed about 22 people, Rotimi was on air harping on insecurity in Rivers State, even when there were no corroborating facts to that effect.

After the strike, he was the first to call for a state of emergency even without commiserating with the bereaved and victims. His action raised suspicions and sharp criticisms from across the country.

He didn’t stop there. On his orders, men of the Federal SARS opened fire recently on his party youths who were demanding their right to participate in the Ward Congress of the APC, a day to what turned out to be a shambolic Congress of the party. As usual there were fatalities and casualties. Blood flowed freely.

He didn’t stop there. He engineered the lockdown and subsequent invasion of the Rivers State Judiciary by touts working for his faction of the APC with the support and covering fire of men of the FSARS aimed at unleashing monumental mayhem on the youths of Rivers State who insisted that the doors of the courts could not be shut by anyone in a democracy. There were casualties. Blood flowed freely.

He didn’t stop there. There are reports from victims of kidnappings who confirm that most kidnappers work for the APC and are executing a plot to make Rivers State ungovernable. Thankfully, the security architecture has continued to fail them as measures are continually made to improve it.