David Amusa, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State government has said it is on top of the security situation in the state and is working with different security agencies to contain threats to life and property.
Speaking to Global Patriot Newspapers in an interview in Port Harcourt, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Emma Okah said it is not true that security meetings do not discuss proactive measures to contain the security situation in the state, pointing out that the allegation is an attempt by the former gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside to paint the government black.
The Commissioner described the former APC gubernatorial candidate as dancing naked in the street and said he will not join issues with him or dance naked in the street like him.
Mr. Okah wondered why Peterside should make such a statement, adding that by such statement, he was also indicting all security agencies in the state that attended Security Council meetings.
It would be recalled that Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who is also the Director- General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),had on a radio programme in Port Harcourt, accused the Rivers state Governor of being incapable of dealing with the security situation in the state and saying that some security chiefs had revealed to him that members of the State’s Security Council do not engage in robust deliberations on the security situation in the state but that rather they chose to drink till late in the night without any meaningful suggestions to tackle insecurity.
Commissioner Okah described the Director-General as a pathological liar who could go to any extent to disparage the government and people of Rivers state simply because he did not win the 2015 governorship election.
Mr. Okah said no reasonable person can level an allegation of incompetence against the Governor as he had a pedigree of performance in office starting from his days as council chairman of Obio-Akpor local government area, when he built what remains today as the best council secretariat in the country. As a Minister, Okah said, he attracted formidable projects to Rivers state including the secondary school in Ubima, the home town of Dakuku’s boss, Rotimi Amaechi and at present he is one of the best performing governors in Nigeria, pointing out that Gov. Wike cannot be described as a non performer in the manner that Peterside had painted him.
He said if there was anybody who was brainless, Dakuku Pterside should be the person, adding that he had never exhibited maturity in his public comments rather he always prattled as a child.
“Dakuku should name those people who gave him this information. He is indicting security agencies who are working with the Governor to ensure security in Rivers state, when he says they go to Security Council meeting and drink. He is a frustrated man who sees nothing good in the state and who is on a mission to do everything possible to destroy his state simply because he didn’t win election in 2015. It gives us reason to continue to thank God that he didn’t become a governor of Rivers state because he doesn’t have what it takes to do the enormous job of a governor, given the way he talks like a child, given his lack of depth and given his lack of experience and incapacity to learn the art of governance. We wish him well in his lack of upbringing otherwise he won’t be talking the way he talks. We wish him well and may he never be cured,” the Commissioner said.