Rivers State Governor, Nyasom Wike, and his predecessor, Rotimi Amachi, engaged in an oral battle over the burial of Adolfus Curry-Itte, a former Supreme Court judge within the Akonu-Toru Local Government Area of the state, on Saturday.
Amachi, who is the transport minister, spoke at the funeral service, citing the growing insecurity and political intimidation within the state, saying the state was in the time of Ateke Tom, a former militant chief, which is now the norm. Head of the city of Okochiri in Okarika LGA of the state.
‘You have misrepresented your voice. Rishi (late justice) has gone down and no one is talking. Once when I was governor, I gave voices to individuals, however, they have stopped these voices.
‘Everyone is scared. We are going again when Ateke organized. We are again going to the interval where we run away from our persons. When we cannot speak, we come again at an interval. However, from the subsequent 12 months, I will start talking, if no one wishes to talk.
‘We are all right here because God has blessed a person. I have stopped traveling due to the dangerous climate, however, I advised myself that I would have to stay here because of Justice Whites.
‘If you find Justice (Karbi-White) properly, then you would know that I used to live with him. I used to be one of the many people he advised, ‘Amachi admitted.
Wike on his half described the late Karbi-Itte as a symbol of unbroken integrity, citizenship, and dignity, though famously the response given to Amachi is shameful.
In response to Amaechi, Wike, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Emeka Woke, said the minister had inaccurate contact with developments within the state, as protection from launching the operation sting by his administration The situation was greatly improved.
Wike said, ‘For Amachi to return to the land of Calabar and former President Goodluck Jonathan have been accused of not allowing the world to move forward six years after leaving the workplace.’
‘I consider that the previous governor would choose to make such an embarrassing commentary on the funeral of the late Justice Karbi-White, a man he (Amachi) claimed to be his mentor.’