From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A remark about Rivers State made by President Muhammadu Buhari dominated the headlines Friday, March 25, 2016 has come under attack by People Democratic Chieftain (PDP) in the state.
It could be recalled that On Thursday, at the National Executive Council meeting of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, the President tagged Rivers as the deadliest state in Nigeria.
But a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Mr. Emmanuel Aguma who spoke on the statement credited to Buhari said quite unfortunate that Buhari is rebranding Rivers State in a negative way.
Aguma said: “First and foremost, I find the president’s statement quite unfortunate. But, I also do not blame him because he does not live in Rivers State and he only acts on information he is fed. I believe that the information given to him is totally and completely distorted,”
“More people are not dying in Rivers State than in Borno State, where Boko Haram is performing unconscionable acts of violence. More people are not dying in Rivers State than in Yobe State. More people are not dying in Rivers State than in the North East region.
Even right now, in Benue, the amount of people being killed in Benue is unthinkable. We heard the case of Agatu where they [the security agencies] are saying they never saw graves with 300 people, but that is their business. The fact is that more people are dying in Benue State than in Rivers State.”
“So I believe that statement of the president was informed by the falsehood being peddled by former Governor Amaechi and his gang and being fed to the President through the Department of State Security’s leadership and it is totally and completely false.
“If such people are being killed, how come the Federal High Court is still sitting in Port Harcourt? How come the Federal Court of Appeal is still sitting in Port Harcourt? How come the State High Court is sitting? How come Federal Secretariat is working? How come INTELS is here?
“How come the banks are open? How come the markets are there? How come the street hawkers are hawking on a daily basis? How come bus services are working? How come you have never heard any exceptional bomb explosion with headlines like ‘300 People Dead’, ‘Man Shoots At Market, Everybody DEAD!’?