- Rotimi Amaechi has hit back at Governor Nyesom Wike over the latter's recent utterances
- The Rivers governor had said Nigeria would be set on fire if the demand for restructuring was not done
- But in a swift response, Amaechi said such statement is unbefitting of a sitting governor
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transport, has berated Nyesom Wike following the Rivers state governor's statement that Nigeria would be set on fire should the president fail to entertain the demand of the south-south people for restructuring.
Legit.ng recalls that Buhari was advised by Wike to listen to the demands of Nigerians following renewed calls for restructuring across the country.
The governor made the disclosure while speaking as a guest on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Thursday, November 26.
Wike's comment followed two days after the federal government met with elders and leaders of the south-south region who demanded that Nigeria should be restructured to reflect true federalism.
But in a swift reaction, Amaechi who is Buhari's close ally and minister said such statement should not have come from the "mouth of a sitting governor", The Punch reports.
The transport minister, who ruled Rivers between 2007 and 2015, said the demand of the south-south is expedient but the region had the opportunity to call for restructuring during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
“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.
“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 a comment.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of transportation was asked to tender an apology to the people of south-south for staying away from the recent stakeholders meeting of the region with a presidential delegation.
All ministers in the federal cabinet and some elected representatives from the south-south were at the meeting except Amaechi. The meeting held in Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, November 24.
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