The Council of Orashi Ethnic Nationality in Rivers state has demanded an apology from Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the people of Ikwerre ethnic nationality, for recommending the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, to President Goodluck Jonathan as a minister. Amaechi and Wike are Ikwerre.
Amaechi had often boasted that Wike’s choice as a ministerial nominee from Rivers was rejected by the president but that he used his position as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) to plead his cause and influence his kinsman’s acceptance into the Federal Executive Council.
While demanding an apology from Amaechi for foisting Wike on President Jonathan, the council of Orashi ethnic nationality, through its Director, Media and Publicity, Ndu Nwobosi, declared that the former Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, [Wike] was not only a cog in the wheel of Rivers State progress, but a selfish and mischievous person.
The Orashi group noted that the quest for power by Wike, the Director-General of Amaechi Campaign Organisation in 2011 and two-term Chairman of Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers state, had turned him into a willing tool for the destruction of the people and hijacking of their resources.
The council of Orashi ethnic nationality said: “We wish to advise the people of Ikwerre to request the removal of Wike as a minister, to save the Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality from further embarrassment. With the turn of events, Rivers people would have been comfortable without an Ikwerre minister.
“Against the warning of President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Amaechi insisted that Wike must be made a minister. The option left for the Rivers State Governor is to apologise to the Rivers people, for the trauma his action has caused”.