By Chuka Callys Mbamaluh.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has implored his supporters and the people of Rivers State to steer clear of violence in their daily pursuits and political engagements.
Rt.Hon.Amaechi who was reacting to two viral videos of his alleged supporters in Rivers State, one group inciting violence and the other dissociating him from the comments of the first group, said he is a man of peace and that violence is never the best approach to resolving issues.
The Minister addressed the issue during a television interview Tuesday, stating that the rule of law must be respected and upheld at all times.
His words: “First, if you say you are my supporter, you will know that I don’t just respect the law, I fear the law. Breaking the law can put you in jail. Because of the kind of words used in that video, I may have to address it.”
“I believe that no matter how angry you are, no matter how institutions are manipulated, a Judge once said ‘I am allowed to be wrong, that’s why you have the Court of Appeal, that’s why you have the Supreme Court.’ So, if you think that what the State Judiciary is doing is wrong, then you go to the Court of Appeal, you go to the Supreme Court and ensure you exhaust the due process. No matter your frustration, you don’t have the right to take the law into your hands.”
Fielding questions on the crises in his Party at both national and State levels, Hon. Amaechi said:
“What is happening in the All Progressives Congresses, APC, I don’t know, what is happening in Rivers State, I don’t know. What I have done is to keep away from politics, even if I am bothered, it will be internally; there’s nobody there (in the Party) who is a child.We are all adults. I don’t want to get involved in politics.”
“Nigerians know me for being blunt and honest. Some see it as arrogance, some see it as being brash, whatever it is. What do I need to say that I have not said before? It’s internal dynamics of politics, it’s internal struggle. So, I have said it several times, when we fought in 2015, I said this country cannot continue the way it is going. I am not helpless, but I am doing what they call ‘sidon look’.”
“Why I am responding to those videos is because they all said they are my supporters, those who made the comment and those who countered them. My message to everyone is to tell everybody who is supporting me to please remain calm and stay out of violence. Never be part of violence because I will not defend anybody who indulges in violent acts . The law will take its course. Whatever is happening, if anything goes wrong in the High Court, you go to the Court of Appeal, if anything goes wrong in the Court of Appeal, you go to the Supreme Court, but don’t you ever take the law into your hands, just like my children would never do that. My kids and my brothers know that I am not a man who will come out to subvert the law. So, I will not come and help you, if you are my brother or my son and you take the law into your hands.”
It would be recalled that a video of alleged supporters of the Minister threatening to unleash violence in the State following an allegation of partisanship of Rivers State Judiciary in handling matters concerning the State Chapter of the APC,went viral recently.
The video was however disclaimed by the Leader of the Party in Ikwerre Local Goverment Area,Hon. Chibike Ikenga who said the dramatis personae in the video were not the Minister’s supporters.