Rivers Not Safe! As Political Leaders Press For Security Cover

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POLITICAL leaders in Rivers State, one of the key oil and gas states in Southern Nigeria, who are not in the same boat with Governor Chibuike Amaechi, are currently scampering for official and private security cover.
They are allegedly being threatened by public functionaries said to be loyal to the governor. A former ally of the governor and scion of the Kalabari monarch, Prince Tonye Princewill, made this worrisome development known in a statement to AkanimoReports and other news platforms in Nigeria.
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”We feel prompted to do so because people who are prepared to go to such a length to smear your character don’t mean well for you. An angry man is a threat. An angry government is an ability to carry out that threat”, he said.
According to him, the crisis in the state ”has brought out the worst in our government leaders. Tolerance has been thrown out the window and criticism is no longer heard even if it is constructive. Just like our friend Tony Uranta, i must now live in fear of my life”.
Trouble started following a recent interview he granted Viewpoint, Princewill articulated his view on the crisis and tried to share with the citizenry the reason why the current attempts to paint President Goodluck Jonathan, black were not only disingenuous but not in the interest of Rivers people.
He went further to highlight that his disagreement with Governor Amaechi, was not personal but based on the principle of calling a spade a spade, and just as he had often commended him for the good works he had done, he would also chastise him whenever he did not. That applies to his recent position.
”This has been my consistent theme in Rivers state. When the governor said that all our militants were criminals, i disagreed; when he celebrated the building of schools and hospitals, i suggested we wait first wait for full functionality; when the governor decided to buy a new plane, i protested. When the governor decided to be the spokesperson for the opposition while in PDP, i advised against it, and when he decided to sack the Obio Akpor Local Government council, again i said it was wrong. In all cases i told him privately before saying it publicly – for the record”, Princewill said .

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