Ijeoma Tagbo

Public Affairs Analysts, Alexa Wilcox and Law Mefore have blamed the political crisis that led to the death of some citizens and police officers in Saturday Rivers State rerun poll on the state Governor Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

He said that the political atmosphere had been beclouded by the supremacy battle between the two and had led to bloodshed on many occasions in the state.

Speaking on the popular programme, “Today On STV” Wilcox said, “I blame the Rivers people for gullibly following the Wike and Amaehi who are the two principal actors in the state crisis. The Peace of Rivers state lies in the hand of these two individuals.

He noted that Rivers state had not witnessed free, fair and peaceful election since 1999, adding that till date no other election had been peaceful in the state.

“It is left for the people to stop this bloodshed. Ministers should concentrate on his job at the federal level while the governor should ensure there is peace in the state. They killed a DSP, Police officer who happened to be from the North under the nose of the governor. We should not give room for more. The message to gladiators and key actors in the state is that they should allow peace to reign,” he said.

To another analyst, Mr. Law Mefore, a lecturer at the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja, the regular bloodshed in Rivers can be attributed to proliferation of cultism.

He said that Rivers State had tolerated cultism and allowed it to grow, adding that the criminal groups unleash their terror whenever there is opportunity to do so.

“Rivers State Government has nurtured and tolerated cultism, militancy and many armed loops and they go about in uniforms, scarlets and all manners of weapons and nobody does anything about,” he said.

To hold a peaceful election in an environment such as that you are bound to have problems. 

Ijeoma Tagbo

Rivers Rerun: Public Analysts Blame Crisis On Amaechi, Wike

Public Affairs Analysts, Alexa Wilcox and Law Mefore have blamed the political crisis that led to the death of some citizens and police officers in Saturday Rivers State rerun poll on the state Governor Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

He said that the political atmosphere had been beclouded by the supremacy battle between the two and had led to bloodshed on many occasions in the state.

Speaking on the popular programme, “Today On STV” Wilcox said, “I blame the Rivers people for gullibly following the Wike and Amaehi who are the two principal actors in the state crisis. The Peace of Rivers state lies in the hand of these two individuals.

He noted that Rivers state had not witnessed free, fair and peaceful election since 1999, adding that till date no other election had been peaceful in the state.

“It is left for the people to stop this bloodshed. Ministers should concentrate on his job at the federal level while the governor should ensure there is peace in the state. They killed a DSP, Police officer who happened to be from the North under the nose of the governor. We should not give room for more. The message to gladiators and key actors in the state is that they should allow peace to reign,” he said.

To another analyst, Mr. Law Mefore, a lecturer at the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja, the regular bloodshed in Rivers can be attributed to proliferation of cultism.

He said that Rivers State had tolerated cultism and allowed it to grow, adding that the criminal groups unleash their terror whenever there is opportunity to do so.

“Rivers State Government has nurtured and tolerated cultism, militancy and many armed loops and they go about in uniforms, scarlets and all manners of weapons and nobody does anything about,” he said.

To hold a peaceful election in an environment such as that you are bound to have problems.