A lawyer, activist and Pan-Africanist, Chetam Thierry Nwala
has alleged that the political unrest in Rivers State followed unfulfillable
demands by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike.
The activist, who soike on Arise Television on Tuesday,
alleged that the refusal of Governor Siminalayi Fubara to remit 25 per cent of
the state’s allocation to Wike, his immediate predecessor, caused the ongoing
He alleged that Wike demanded that 25 per cent of all
allocations coming into the state should be given to him.
Nwala also alleged that Wike demanded N2 billion from the N5
billion recently disbursed by the Federal Government to the states as part of
palliatives to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.
According to the Pan-Africanist, most of the governor’s
aides, including commissioners and Chief Security Officer, were appointed by
the FCT Minister.
He said, “Wike demanded 25% of Rivers State allocations.
From what we heard, the governor even offered to give him 10%. This is what is
happening in our state.
“Not just that, we had a situation where Wike appointed
almost all the commissioners, appointed a Chief Security Officer for the
governor. These are personal things that should be of concern to the governor.
These are things that should make him revolt.
“We have seen a situation where even the commissioners
appointed by Wike disrespect the governor. Naturally, everybody will revolt.
You don’t expect the governor to stick to any agreement made before the
“If the governor continues with the agenda Wike has for
Rivers State, the state will not make progress. Wike took Rivers State 10 years
“Let me also shock you, out of the N5 billion palliative
money that was sent to Rivers State, Wike demanded N2 billion from it. This is
why some of us commend his (Fubara) moves”.
Recall that the Rivers State House of Assembly on Monday,
attempted to impeach the governor, causing unrest in the state.
The assembly complex was set ablaze on Sunday night
following reported moves to impeach the governor.
There are reports that the impeachment plot was orchestrated
by the FCT Minister who is said to be bent on unseating the governor over yet
to be disclosed reasons.
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