PORT HARCOURT— GOVERNOR Chibuike Amaechi has said that he snubbed the 100 years centenary celebration of the nation that was organized by the federal government because President Goodluck Jonathan did not show up at the Centenary celebration of Port Harcourt that was organised last year.
Speaking at an event to mark the 70 years of former Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Professor Nimi Briggs, governor Amaechi said the federal government should have honored the invitation to the event.
Although President Goodluck Jonathan was represented by his Special Adviser on Research and Documentation, Mr Douglas Oronto at the event in Port Harcourt, this probably did not go down well with the governor.
Governor Amaechi, who said he did not snub the centenary event to slight President Jonathan said he had respect for Mr President
His words, “When they ask me why I did not attend the centenary celebration, I said five prominent Rivers men left here to go and invite the President (Dr. Goodluck Jonathan).
When they approached me that they wanted to go and invite the President, I said, don’t bother your head, the President won’t come. They said no, not after he has seen us. They are seated hear; Justice Karibi Whyte, Professor Tekena Tamuno, Professor E.J. Alagwa, Chief Agbaru and Professor Nimi Briggs; and they went.
“They were very well received by our President and they were very impressed. They came back to my house that day in Abuja and they told me that they met with the President and I was excited. Everybody in the Federal Government told me the President would come (for Port Harcourt Centenary celebration).
”The President did not come. So, I told them that I would not go to (Nigeria’s) centenary celebration because Port Harcourt turned 100 and the President refused to come even though he grew up here.”