Some Rivers indigenes on Monday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating former governor of the state, Chibuike Amaechi as a minister.
Mr. Somiari Ogolo, a Port Harcourt based lawyer told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that Amaechi was competent to serve as a minister.
“Amaechi worked hard and played a key role in the development of the state”, he said.
Ogolo said the former governor’s impressive record of performance was still fresh in the minds of Rivers people and Nigeria.
“Amaechi’s nomination as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the President is a welcome decision because of his rich experience and performance public service.
“I can say that quality development will be visible in any ministry that he will oversee”, he said.
Ogolo said those opposing the Amaechi`s ministerial nomination were enemies of Rivers state.
Mr. Christian Don-Pedro, a former councillor, Ward 16, in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state, said the people of the Niger Delta would benefit from Amaechi’s appointment as minister.
Don-Pedro said the former governor was very worried that the oil-rich region did not witness any major development under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Amaechi will definitely attract substantial development to the Niger Delta as a Minister under President Buhari”, he said.
Mr. Charles Jaja, a Port Harcourt-based human rights activist, said majority of Rivers people were happy with the nomination of Amaechi as minister.
“So many Rivers people are comfortable the former governor is nominated to be minister.
“He is a Rivers man that will make the state proud again in any responsibility that will be given to him”, he said.
Mr. Gordon George, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, said the people of Niger Delta would no longer wail again with Amaechi as a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
George said the former governor was an invaluable asset to the oil-rich region and Nigeria that would bring to bear, his courageous and aggressive hunger for development.