Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said that the root cause of the crisis rocking Rivers state should be traced to President Goodluck Jonathan’s bedroom.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed on Thursday, the party said the revelation by the First Lady that the crisis started four years ago when Governor Rotimi Amaechi demolished part of Okrika is a pointer that the Presidency has a hand in the lingering crisis.
”This revelation is a mortal blow to all those who have been struggling to distance the President and the First Lady from the Rivers crisis. It also shows that, contrary to the cynical statements blaming the crisis on some external forces and those who are supposedly crying more than the bereaved, the cause is right there in the President’s bedroom, and that’s where the solution should come from,” the party said.
Mr. Mohammed, also enjoined the Police to be impartial in its ongoing investigation into the fracas that broke out in the Rivers House of Assembly.
The party noted with concern the invitation extended to the House Leader, Chidi Lloyd, Chief Security Officer (CSO), and Aide De camp (ADC) to Governor Amaechi, wondering why the invitation was selective.
”As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Definitely there are two sides to every issue, including the crisis that rocked the House of Assembly last week. It, therefore, amounts to a warped investigation to focus only on one side, as the police appear to be doing. This kind of investigation can only lead to jungle justice, and further erode the credibility of the police, who have now descended into the arena instead of staying above the fray.
”This is why we warned, in our earlier statement, that the police should go beyond addressing the symptoms in its efforts to unravel the role played by the security agency in the festering crisis. We hate to say that the action of the police hierarchy has vindicated us.
”Equally worrisome is the unilateral deployment of new security aides to the Rivers Government House without the usual practice of giving the Governor a say in who his security aides are. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Governor has raised the alarm about his personal security. After all, he does not know what instructions these new aides have, especially since the untouchable Commissioner of Police remains in the saddle!” Mr. Mohammed said.