Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State on Saturday said that he had been forewarned a long time ago by a popular prophet that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, would stab him in the back.
A believer in prophecies, Amaechi, who was speaking at the Saint Barth’s Anglican Church, Bera-Ogoni in Gokana LGA of the state, at the thanksgiving by Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, said that the Edo State-based cleric, Apostle Joseph Suleiman, predicted in 2011 that Wike was going to betray him.
The prediction, according to him, was made soon after he recommended Wike, who was then the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt for ministerial appointment.
In a twist of fate, the minister has now become the governor’s worst nightmare ahead of the 2015 election.
Amaechi noted that he has done so much for Wike to repay him with evil.
He recalled that his intervention when the people of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area vowed to deny Wike a second term as chairman of the council over alleged disrespect for elders, arrogance and poor performance saved the minister’s political career from going under prematurely.
He said: “Senator Magnus Abe said he does not believe in prophesies, but a prophet came and told me not to make Nyesom Wike a minister, because he would betray me. The name of the prophet is Apostle Suleiman. I told the prophet to pray against it.
“When I confronted Nyesom Wike in the presence of Chima Chinye, he swore with his children that he would not betray me. Any man that swears with the lives of his children is a wicked man. He does not appreciate those children at all”.
Amaechi, who is the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, said: “I am a prophet on my own. I prophesy to people. I told you before that I fasted for 10 months and I saw a lot of things, beyond what the prophet told me.
“I saw all the things that came to pass in my governorship. In fact, the prophet told me then that I would be governor and after that, these were things that would happen; and I told him that they were already revealed to me”.
However, Wike has consistently denied the allegation of betraying his former boss, saying he was one of the very few that stood by him when the legal battle to claim his governorship mandate lasted.
At the thanksgiving, Abe, the senator representing Rivers South-East in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, narrated his close shave with death when policemen of the Rivers State police command, allegedly acting on the orders of the then police commissioner, Joseph Mbu, shot him with rubber bullets on January 12 during a botched rally organized by the pro-Amaechi group, Save Rivers Movement (SRM), and had to be flown to London for further medical treatment.
He returned to Nigeria about a week ago.
In apparent reference to claims that he feigned the severity of the incident, Abe displayed the doctor’s report from the Princess Grace Hospital, London confirming that he was indeed shot.
The senator said: “Anybody who says I do not have any cause to thank God, is an idiot. I just want all of you to join me to thank God for saving my life. People were here, busy organising demonstrations, to show that nothing happened to me. I do not begrudge them, because we live in a society where human lives are not valued.
“If it is where human lives are valued, nobody would do that, when someone has gone through the pains I went through. When I got to a society where they value human lives (United Kingdom), their reaction was quite different from the reactions from my home country. That is the difference between Nigeria and places that value human lives”.
In his brief exhortation, the Bishop, Diocese of Ogoni (Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev. Solomon Gberegbara, thanked God for saving Abe’s life and prayed for His continuous protection to the family of the ex-Rivers SSG.