A statement credited to Minister of State for Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike that he would make sure Gov. Rotimi Amaechi never sleeps with his two eyes closed again has been dismissed by the Rivers State Government which says it is planning massive youth engagement to counter the threat by the minister.
According to the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr. Tony Okocha, Gov. Amaechi is putting a programme in place that would engage over 65,000 youths in the state.
Okocha argued that with such investments in the youth, it would be difficult for Wike to carry out his threat.
The Chief of Staff added such youths would be paid at the end of every month thereby making them unwilling tools in the hands of Wike or any other politician whose plan is to engage them in any untoward activity.
Okocha said, “With Wike’s statement he has shown that he has shown to the world and Nigeria in particular that he is behind the negative things happening in Rivers and that is the man that has benefitted a lot from Rivers State.
“The governor is putting the state resources into very meaningful features. We have gone into human capital development and no fewer than 65,000 Rivers youths. Rivers youths will benefit from a new programme that will soon be put in place by the state government.
“This will go a long way to ensure that the youths are meaningfully engaged. We are sure that with this, those he (Wike) has been using and others he may want to use will call his bluff.
“Wike’s statement is a very dangerous one that deserves every serious-minded security apparatus to investigate; we are not deterred at all, but the issue is that it leaves much to be desired for a serving minister of the nation to be that lose and uncouth to say that he would make a state uncomfortable for the governor of that state.
“What we should be worried about is what does he think he would have such powers, who does he rely on to do that? Whatever his answers are, we are not worried at all because Governor Rotimi Ameachi will not invest in violence, he would rather invest in things that will bring peace and development to the state”, Okocha said.