Senator Lee Meaba represented Rivers South-East within the sixth Senate. On this interview, Meaba attributes the disaster in Rivers State to political fanatism and an try by the All Progressives Congress (APC) – led Federal Authorities to take the state by drive. He additionally concern and the implications of President Muhammadu Buhari preserving quiet whereas a part of the nation that produces about half of its sources is in turmoil.
Rivers State has been recognized for violence, kidnapping and killing. Why is it so?
The place does the 60 p.c of the nationwide oil wealth come from? With all of the adverse notion, 60 p.c of all of the oil popping out of Nigeria comes from Rivers. Rivers is the one state within the Niger Delta that has not witnessed extreme pipeline vandalism. Rivers homes the most important oil terminal in Nigeria, the Bonny terminal, Rivers homes large oil installations like Bonga and so, once you say Rivers is a unstable state, how do you quantify it? A state that’s producing greater than 50 % of nationwide treasure is one you might be portray as the place folks shouldn’t go?
You say a person is an armed robber however you are taking cash from him to eat; you say the person is a killer, however you feed from the cash you took from his pocket. I do know the mixture of what some folks within the APC wish to paint of Rivers however I let you know, Lagos was till just lately within the arms of the opposition since 1999. In the meantime, successive PDP (Peoples Democratic Celebration) administrations have left Lagos State alone.
Additionally, PDP has constantly gained elections in Rivers since 1999, so, Rivers is a PDP state; it isn’t a swing state as a result of the actions of Governor Nyesom Wike are obvious in improvement, super in financial actions and within the emancipation of the folks and so, the folks in Rivers are glad.
What’s inflicting drawback in Rivers is as a result of the APC authorities desires to show Rivers to APC by drive. The APC in Rivers, led by Rotimi Amaechi, is utilizing the military to invade Rivers, inflicting an entire lot of disagreement on the bottom, and portray an entire lot of flawed impression concerning the state. And it is a state the place he was governor for eight years.
Governor Wike has been in workplace for simply 18 months, what number of Commissioners of Police has he had? Seven. As the person arranges with a Commissioner of Police to struggle crime, they’ll change the Commissioner.
When he was governor, anytime Rotimi Amaechi mentioned the Commissioner of Police was not working with him, they’ll change the Commissioner. So, why are you attempting to destabilise a state that’s essential to the economic system of Nigeria due to any individual’s curiosity? Do the IG (Inspector-Normal of Police) and the DSS (Division of State Companies) know the implication of Rivers happening? Do they know that their workplaces are run with the sources popping out of Rivers State?
So, if Rivers has an issue, it’s speculated to be resolved with mixed efforts of the police, the military, the DSS and all people to maintain it peaceable. Rivers is the goose that lays the golden egg.
However some individuals need to kill it due to political fanatism, Elections led to 2015 and so they mentioned, ‘oh, it was rigged as a result of it was Jonathan’s (former President Goodluck Jonathan) military’; they referred to as for the re-run of parliamentary elections on the nineteenth of March, PDP gained once more. They mentioned, ‘oh, it was as a result of Arase (former Inspector-Common of Police, Solomon Arase) compromised. Now, there was one other election. This time you introduced 28,000 policemen, aside from troopers. In reality, the whole variety of troopers and different safety males delivered to Rivers was 38,000 males as if we had been going to conflict after which they concentrated half of that in Bori to pressure the Ogoni folks to jot down outcomes.
The military seized all of the consequence sheets of the election and wrote that Magnus Abe received the election. However there was no election in Ogoni land. Your entire Ogoni land was militarised. In truth, the final time I noticed the militarisation of Ogoni land the
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