I stood by Governor Nyesom Wike in Khana, at the Town Hall Meeting with stakeholders of the Rivers South East Senatorial Zone, which preceded the rescheduled Governorship and House of Assembly Elections in Rivers State, when he appealed to Ogoni people and stakeholders of the zone not to take up arms for his benefit in the course of the elections.
He told them that winning the election was not a do-or-die affair for him and he repeated President Jonathan’s golden words, while acknowledging him that no politician’s ambition (including his) was worth the blood of any Ogoni son or Rivers person. My Ogoni Brothers and Sisters most of you were there. If it’s a lie, say so.
Today Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, a shining and promising Ogoni son, who was among those shot by SARS on Facebook live stream has died. Those who killed him are not strangers. They are not spirits. They are not ghosts. He was killed because Rotimi Amaechi believes his political ambition is worth more than the blood of every Rivers person. Across our dear State blood has flowed freely on account of Rotimi Amaechi’s unbridled political ambition and uncompromising character. It’s not enough to say, Rest In Peace to Amaechi’s many victims. The big question is whether those killed on account of Rotimi Amaechi’s recklessness will die for nothing?
I rest my case.
Oraye St. Franklyn is a barrister-at-law. He is senior special assistant to Governor Nyesom Wike on Social Media. He is a strategic communicator and good governance advocate, writes from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He tweets from @SaintOraye. He is also on Facebook.
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