The Rivers’ Peoples Forum (RPF), a leading socio-political organisation of all Rivers people, both at home and in the Diaspora, has called on the international community to hold the presidency responsible, if any harm befalls Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
RPF, which stated this through its president, Charles Bekwele, yesterday in Port Harcourt, after an executive meeting, described the Thursday blockade of the Rivers government house as attribute of a military dictatorship, a jackboot regime.
The forum stated: “This current attack on the office and person of the Governor of Rivers State is one attack too many. They have grounded the official plane of the Rivers State Government. They have withdrawn some of Amaechi’s security aides, thereby exposing the governor to harm and danger. All these are being orchestrated by certain interests within the Presidency. The Presidency has been consistent in its harassment, intimidation and attack.”
“They (Presidency) believe Amaechi will not support President Jonathan’s 2015 election. The Presidency must stop using the apparatus of state to harass, intimidate and attack an elected governor.” It called on Nigerians and the international community to be alert, adding, “if any harm befalls Governor Amaechi, the Presidency should be held responsible.”
It observed that, “It is totally irresponsible, repressive, undemocratic, tyrannical and condemnable. We are not in a military dictatorship, a jackboot regime. It is against the tenets and principles of our constitution. These interests in the Presidency must be told in clear terms that the country does not belong to the Presidency, but to all of us in the federation. The Presidency must stop using the police, the aviation ministry and any other institution or agency of state to harass and attack Amaechi.”