The presidency has accused Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa State), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) of touring the country selfishly for their 2015 aspirations.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, who spoke on the Kaduna-based Liberty Radio, yesterday accused the five governors of not embarking on same exercise round the country when the Boko Haram insurgency was at its peak.
His words: “These governors that were so motivated, so passionately concerned about the ultimate destiny of Nigeria, were not motivated when the Boko Haram crises were raging in the north to go round the north and plead on how to solve the problem.
“They were not concerned enough for the thousands of people that were being bombed, killed in their mosques and churches in their domains, under their nose. I feel like crying, people are opening their doors to hypocrites.
The presidential assistant who wondered why Gov Chibuike Amaechi would turn himself into a tool in the hands of the opposition, said the Rivers crisis does not worth the national prominence it receives as Rivers is only one out of the 36 states in the federation.
“What is the crisis in Rivers? Who is Amaechi and what is the issue that the whole country is being disturbed because of something that happened at the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).
“What is Nigerian Governors’ Forum to the destiny of this country? What has it got to do with us? The Rivers crisis is something that people just latch unto to fan the embers of this anti- Jonathan emotion and to continue to promote hatred against Goodluck Jonathan.
“And of course, Amaechi is a willing tool, very rich and is very useful to the opposition. What you are seeing is an over- dramatisation of the preparations for 2015. Period.
Okupe, who stated that the Rivers State commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu had done nothing to warrant the recent call that he should be redeployed by the Inspector General of Police, said he was happy former president Obasanjo has waded into the crisis with a view to resolving it.
Reacting to the claim that the president has not achieved a lot to deserve a second term, Okupe listed president Jonathan’s achievements to include winning the war against Boko Haram, the country’s rating as the number one for foreign direct investment, his revamping of the rail system and generation of over 5,000 megawatts of electricity and lots more.
He denied the claim that the president awarded oil contracts to ex militants from his region.