Angry Niger Delta youths have expressed apprehension over the protracted political feuds orchestrated by Senator Magnus Abe, who blamed supporters of the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi of a plot to unleash violence in Rivers state.
On Wednesday at a press conference, the former Senator for Rivers South-East Senatorial District, therefore, asked security agencies to arrest and prosecute the Minister’s supporters, wondering why no arrest had been made since a petition to that effect was sent to the police.
In a statement made available in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, after their emergency meeting on Thursday, the angry youths warned Abe to desist from stoking the embers of violence in Rivers state, saying “such remark is unbecoming of a former Senator.”
Under the aegis of Concerned APC Youths (CAY) and the Progressives Grassroots Forum (PGRF), the groups reminded Senator Abe of several Amaechi’s benevolence to him including the Executive pardon granted him by then-governor Amaechi, when Abe’s boys attacked the Rivers’ Government House and vandalised the main entrance gate.
In an interview, Comrade Ramsey Kpobari, the spokesman of the groups, said: “Senator Abe has forgotten how Amaechi saved him during the Ogoni Day celebration in Bori, headquarters of Ogoni,” noting that the allegation “is a mere diversionary tactic to attract sympathy from the Appeal Court concerning his case with Isaac Ogbobula.”
The youths, who alleged Abe’s meddlesomeness in the gruesome murder of his kinsman, the late environmental rights activist, Ken Saro Wiwa, warned that “we will stop at nothing to expose your evil intention in Rivers if you continue with your betrayal antics.”
“We challenge Senator Abe to look at his records and tell Rivers’ people how many youths he had empowered since he became the state Assemblymember since 1999.
“We can recall that the statement by Senator Abe when the going was good when he said his greatest investment in politics was made by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.
“He is always very fond of criticizing Amaechi and forget about the Minister’s roles in his life and that of his family. Abe had openly confessed that he is one of the major beneficiaries of Amaechi’s influence in politics, but we don’t why he is always on the warpath with his political benefactor,” Kobari added.