*highlights perceived nuisance value of anticipated visit
By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – SOCIAL commentator, Sir Opunabor Inko-Tariah, has described as “belated subterfuge”, the planned visit by President Mohammadu Buhari to Rivers state.
Into-Tariah, former media adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike, said in Port Harcourt, Rivers state Tuesday, that many among the Rivers populace would not be impressed by the coming of the president because he failed to come when most expected.
He said, “The reason advanced is that he is going round crisis ridden states, and Rivers as we all know is not a crisis ridden state. When we expected him he never came. Now we’ve been able to contain the situation.
“In Rivers state the governor has been able to contain the situation and there is peace, so why come now? That’s why a lot of us are a bit suspicious. The visit, to me, is a subterfuge. You’ve been there for three years and all through you never visited Port Harcourt”
He however acknowledged perceived nuisance value in the anticipated visit, hoping it would afford the state the opportunity to size the president’s disposition on the poor state of key federal projects in Rivers.
“Elections are by the corner, political hustling has started, you want to visit Rivers state under the guise of security. It doesn’t really make sense to me, but the advantage we hope would be that he’s going to visit the Bonny-Bodo Road, and our airport that has been abandoned for some time now.
“Perhaps he’s also going to address the Ogoni cleanup that was more or less a subterfuge policy because that cleanup contract was awarded long ago and it has not been financed, so we are not really impressed with the visit”, he further said.