The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, offered to honor the Minister for Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, with a Golden Jubilee award, which the minister has rejected. How did this happen?

The fact is that this is nothing but an act of political mockery. Governor Wike, at no time, intended to honor Amaechi. We would have to first define the word ‘honor’, but taking for granted that we know what that means, I believe it is clear why the Governor didn’t harbor the intention. In fact, I could even push it further to say that no plague of any sort has been made in Amaechi’s name for the awards scheduled to take place tonight.

First, just a few days ago, the Governor publicly said that Amaechi had recently constituted a cult group with the aim of wreaking havoc prior to the 2019 general elections. This is a criminal offence for which Amaechi should be persecuted and jailed… if it’s true. By the way, the Governor said that very emphatically so that there exists one of two evils: either Amaechi really constituted a cult group or the Governor is lying. Either way, Rivers State in serious trouble. But that’s not the focus of this post.

There is an existing indictment by a Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Governor himself to investigate the past Governor. The committee submits that Ameachi is guilty of misappropriating public funds, yet Amaechi who saunters in and out of the State at will is yet to answer for it. In-between these are name callings, trade of insults and criminal accusations from both ends. How would you seriously figure the Governor would, simply out of the goodness of his heart, decide, for no reason, to ‘honor’ Amaechi? He wouldn’t.

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