BY JIMITOTA ONOYUM
PORT HARCOURT—GOVERNOR Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, has lashed at the Federal Government for rolling out the drums to celebrate the country’s 100 years of existence at a time citizens were facing challenges of mindless murder, kidnapping, assassination and other related vices.
The governor, who addressed the state House of Assembly at the old auditorium, Government House, Port Harcourt, said most Nigerians who could have been actively involved in the centenary celebration in Abuja were at filling stations queuing up endlessly for petroleum products, adding that the country was gradually losing appetite for celebrations because of what he blamed on inept political leadership.
He said: “Can we really celebrate when our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters are being slaughtered like chickens? Can we really celebrate when our fellow citizens live in constant and growing fear of kidnappers, hired assassins and armed robbers? Can we really celebrate when those constitutionally empowered to protect us turn their fury on us? In these questions lie the state of the nation.”
Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Otelemaba Amachree, who presided over the session, later gave room for members to debate the address presented by the governor. At the end of their various speeches, the 17 lawmakers called on the government to declare two days of mourning in memory of the deceased students of Federal Government College, Yobe State, who were slaughtered by the Boko Haram sect.