Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State has attributed the increasing level of violence in the state to the inability of the Federal Government to curb what he termed the excesses of the Nigerian police.
He also debunked insinuations that his emergence as governor was the handiwork of man, saying it was God that installed him as the state governor because he fasted and prayed for 10 months before his mandate was restored by the Supreme Court.
Amaechi, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, was speaking at Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Port Harcourt, the state capital on Christmas day.
He said, “As a government led by me, a government installed by Christ, if anybody tells you he installed me, tell him it is a lie. Tell him that I said I prayed for 10 months and I fasted from 6am to 6pm, calling on Christ to come down and Christ came down mightily and installed me as governor.
“That is why you can see that in the face of human effrontery, I have been able to stand face to face with them and I say I have Christ in me.
“You must rise in that same spirit of having Christ in you and confront those who are confronting you. You must stand up for Christ because the Bible says ‘faith without work is dead’.
“We must not die. We must live and the way to live is to celebrate Christ and the way to celebrate Christ is to confront Satan and Satan is in different forms and shapes.
“If the police shoot at you, they are satanic. If government denies you your right to live, that government is satanic”, Amaechi added.
“All these you may want to attribute to political disagreement in Rivers State; but it is not true. It is simply because of those who lead us in Abuja; because the police is an establishment of the Federal Government and they have refused to curb the excesses of the police.
“Instead of the police to chase away criminals, they are shooting at innocent citizens. Don’t stop at praying. We knew we prayed, but as you pray, you must rise on your feet and confront the challenges of insecurity”, he maintained.