Drama As Wike And Amaechi Openly Exchange Words At Supreme Court Justice’s Burial

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There was a face-off between Governor, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, on Saturday at burial of a former Justice of , Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.

Amaechi, is Minister of Transportation, while speaking at funeral service, lamented what he term rising insecurity and intimidation in state, saying state was back of Ateke Tom, a former militant leader, is the traditional head of Okochiri town in Okrika LGA of the state.

“You have lost your voice. The sage (the late justice) has gone under and nobody is speaking. When I was governor, I gave people voices, but they have blocked those voices.

“Everyone is scared. We are going back when Ateke held sway. We are going back the period where we run away from our people. We are back a period when nobody could speak. But from next year, I will begin to speak, if nobody wants to speak.

“We are all here because we need bury a man God has blessed. I have stopped travelling because of bad weather, but I told myself I must be here because of Justice Whyte.

“If you knew Justice (Karibi-Whyte) very well, you will know I was close to him. I was one of the few people he mentored,” Amaechi stated.

Wike on part described the late Karibi-Whyte as an epitome of unshakable integrity, civility and dignity, but noted comments credited to Amaechi were embarrassing.

Responding to Amaechi, Wike was represented by Chief of Staff, Chief Emeka Woke, said the minister had lost touch with developments in the state, adding since the launching of Sting by his administration, the had improved greatly.

Wike said, “It is unfortunate for Amaechi to come to Kalabari land and accuse former of not developing the area six years after he had left office.

“I wonder why the former governor will choose to make such embarrassing remarks at the funeral of late Justice Karibi-Whyte, a man he (Amaechi) claimed to be his .”