A former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New PDP, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has urged Rivers state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to dismantle all his commissions of inquiry if truly he is sincere about the call for political harmony.
The APC chieftain also called on Wike to reopen the secretariat of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), if truly he sincerely desires peace for Rivers state.
In a statement on Monday, Eze said that for the overall interest and genuine peace of Rivers state and it’s people, the state government should urgently convene a peace/security/reconciliation summit as a natter of urgency, which will study and proffer solutions to the seeming intractable security situation across the State.
He also charged the Chief Nyesom Wike-led administration in the State to leave aside its ego and allow reason guide its decisions at this critical point by dusting the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi era security blueprint for the state, restart its implementation and save everybody from the ongoing needless waste of lives and properties across the State.
According to the statement, Eze, who has been one of the loudest advocates of good governance in Rivers state also charged Governor Wike to drop his act of prevarication, stay true to his recent call for peace in the political arena and not toy with the idea of victimising leaders of the APC who served in the Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi-led administration in the name of a guided witch-hunt called an investigation.
Eze noted that the reports going out of Rivers state in the last few years had been most unpleasant, noting that all sincere watchers of events in the state will agree that the turn of events since the advent of the Wike era had been a very sad and gory departure from the peaceful and secure state that the Amaechi administration ran.
He noted also that most of the intricate security architecture that the previous administration, under the watch of Amaechi, put in place for the peace and security of the state had been shut down by the Wike government.
“Any sound and concern lover of Rivers state must be worried by the tales of woes and the level of insecurity facing the state at the moment. Everyday it is either a bus conveying passengers is kidnapped or people are being killed and beheaded or that foreigners and investors are rushing out of the State in droves or the state is rated as the number one state in Nigeria that harbours the highest number of unemployed youths”, he lamented.
He, however, advised that to achieve lasting peace in the state, the Governor, as a matter of urgency, must convoke a Peace/Security/reconciliation Summit, involving key Christian leaders, traditional rulers, key political leaders, youths and women leaders, security experts and elders from all over the state.
The summit, he said, will be expected to point out why the state is in its present sad situation and proffer suggestions on the ways out of it, adding that the era of paying lip service to issues of the greatness and future of the state should be ended.
He said the present status of Rivers state as home to the highest number of unemployed youths in Nigeria is not acceptable, hence he commended the governor for lifting embargo on employment in the state’s civil service, saying “this is one factor that has enhanced insecurity in the state and to save the state from this timebomb, Wike must revive all the industries that Amaechi set up during his tenure as the governor of Rivers state.
“These include the Songhai Farm, the Buguma Fish Farm and others that enabled Amaechi to employ over 500,000 youths of Rivers state”.
He advises Wike that if these suggestions are adopted in addition of creating a conducive environment for investors to invest in the State over one million jobs can be created before the end of 2019.