Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has described the actions of the Federal Government and the Nigerian Police in trying to forcefully remove House Speaker Aminu Tambuwal from office as “lawless”.
Governor Amaechi made the declaration yesterday at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State while on a panel to discuss “Poisonous Gas: The Crude Politics of Oil in Africa.”
The governor said the Federal Government was blatantly disregarding court orders in order to pursue its agenda of ousting the Speaker for defecting to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), while demanding people to check the excesses of the government.
“A lawless government that can’t be checked by the state institutions should be checked by the people,” the governor said, urging the youths to be more forceful in demanding justice and answers to pressing national questions.
“Young people criticize me for drinking Red Bull but they won’t ask the government where all the oil money is going to,” he said in reference to a photo that has emerged showing him drinking the energy drink. Amaechi said he took the drink to revive himself in order to continue the struggle, noting that he has now become known in some circles as “The Activist Governor”.
He asked the youths to be more proactive about challenging the government to serve them better, saying: “I can’t be leading protests when the young people are there doing nothing. I did my protest when I was an undergraduate under the Buhari regime. Imagine how tough things were then. That was when I protested.”