Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi has cautioned his
supporters and Rivers people to steer clear of violence as that is not
the best way to resolve any issue.
Amaechi 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 stating that he is a man of peace.
He addressed the issue during a TV interview Tuesday, stating that the
rule of law must be respected and upheld at all times.
He said, “First, if you say you’re my supporter, you’ll 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
“I believe that no matter how angry you are, no matter how institutions
are manipulated, a judge once said ‘I’m 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.
Asked about the crises in his party at both national and state level,
Amaechi said, “What is happening in APC, I don’t know, what is happening
in Rivers State, I don’t know. What I’ve done is to keep away from
politics, even if I’m bothered, it’ll be internally; there’s nobody
there (in the party) who is a child, we’re 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 an
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’m not
helpless, but I’m doing what they call ‘sidon look’.
I’m responding to those videos 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 get out of violence. Never be part of violence because I
will not defend anybody when you get violent. 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’m not a man who will come out to subvert the
law. So I will not come and help you if you’re my brother or my son and
you take the law into your hands.