Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has told the Ogbakor Ikwerre Convention, the socio-cultural body of Ikwerre ethnic group in Rivers State, the role he played in the appointment of the supervising Minister of Education, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike as minister, and former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Austin Opara as Deputy Speaker in 2003.
Like Amaechi, both Wike and Opara are from the Ikwerre ethnic group, the largest ethnic group in Rivers State. However, both Wike and Opara are now leading the fight against Amaechi in Rivers State.
Amaechi spoke Sunday evening at the 199th Convention of the Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide held at Ahai Ogbakiri in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He lamented that despite his contributions to give the Ikwerre ethnic group a face-lift and a pride of place in Rivers State and on the national stage, he has been betrayed by his brothers who are conniving to fight him for their selfish interests.
The governor who said the Ikwerre history cannot be complete without the mention of his name, noted that he had ensured that most parts of Ikwerre had roads, while many of their children are studying abroad on the state government’s scholarships.
“Take the list of our scholarship programmes in the state and know how many of our children are overseas studying. They are quite many and I have met them at different airports.
“How I know them is because they greet me in Ikwerre when they see me. Apart from those who are fighting me, many Ikwerre sons and daughters have one way or the other benefitted from me. When you see Nyesom Wike, tell him I nominated him to be minister. And I have one witness sitting here today. Chief Sampson Agbaru is my witness.”