Reno Omokri, a socio-political activist, has berated the former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, noting that Nigeria will not go to war because he lost his presidential ambition bid.
He made the remarks while reacting to Amaechi’s recent comments: “Has any politician told you he is not a thief?”
During a lecture organized by The Niche on Thursday, Amaechi said: “Which politician told you he went to university, which politician told you she served in NYSC, and which politician told you he has his certificate? Nigerians know and still vote for them. So what is your problem?
“Nigerians choose who to believe and who not to believe. Nigerians choose who to vote for and who not to vote for. If you come to a Nigerian man’s house and kill the mother, the father will continue his life.”
However, reacting, Omokri described Amaechi as a flippant talker, recalling how he accused former President Muhammadu Buhari of being inept and saying Nigerians we’re cowards.
Posting on X, Omokri wrote: “On Friday, October 27, 2023, Rotimi Amaechi, the former Supreme Court-appointed Governor of Rivers state, said, “Nigerians don’t react to anything. Has any politician told you he is not a thief?
This is not the first time Amaechi is talking so flippantly. In 2019, I released the #AmaechiTaoes, where he criticized his boss, then President Buhari, basically calling him an inept leader and saying that Nigerians were cowards because they accepted anything Buhari did. It is a pattern of careless talk from Amaechi.
People who understand how Amaechi became the Supreme Court-appointed Governor of Rivers State on October 25, 2007, know his game. The Supreme Court ruled that Celestine Omehia was not the rightful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and that even though Amaechi was not on the ballot, the votes Omehia got belonged to the PDP and since he was disqualified, then “In the eyes of the law, the appellant (Amaechi) remains the candidate of the PDP and is deemed to have won the election and should be so sworn in immediately.”
Amaechi was hoping for the same miracle in 2023. He expected the Supreme Court to declare President Bola Tinubu ineligible to contest due to the Chicago certificate issue. He hoped to approach the court to inherit Tinubu’s February 25, 2023 votes, just as he inherited Omehia’s votes. And his current stance stems from his frustration that that did not happen.
“Rotimi Amaechi is just pained. He lost out at the All Progressives Congress primaries and also lost out in Rivers. He is not trusted within his party and the Peoples Democratic Party. He is basically finished.
It would be foolhardy to think Nigerians are cowards. The Nigerian Civil War showed that neither the Hausa, Yoruba nor the Igbos were cowards.
“Nigerians have learnt from their past and know that it makes no sense to go to war over politicians like Rotimi Amaechi, a potbellied fellow who has never missed a meal in his life. If we are going to go to war, it will have to be for a compelling reason”.