The coalition of political parties in Nigeria expressed worry over Amaechi’s safety.
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has urged the National Assembly to be dispassionate in performing its constitutional duty since it has become glaring that those behind the unfolding plot to destabilize the country would not give up on doing so through proxies.
The group, in a statement by its Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, in Abuja on Thursday, said the decision of the House of Representatives on Wednesday to take over the functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly may no longer be enough to stop the descent into anarchy that was triggered in that state and by extension the country.
It said the National Assembly must now unmask the people behind such evil plot with a view to sanctioning them as provided for in the constitution.
CNPP noted that the brigandage presently going on in the Rivers State House of Assembly, which was part of a larger attempt at power grab in that state, was a clear testimony that President Goodluck Jonathan and his minions had scant respect for the constitution and even lesser regard for national interest.
“For five lawmakers to attempt claiming numerical superiority over a larger group of 23 or 27 lawmakers is totally irresponsible and must not only be condemned but sanctions including criminal prosecution must also be applied to serve as a deterrent to other would be trouble makers,” it said.
“It is appalling that President Goodluck Jonathan can sit by and watch in glee while men who answer to him and his wife are igniting crises of such proportion at a time when the nation is battling armed insurrection in some areas and widespread armed robbery and kidnapping in others.
“The body language of the president is beginning to suggest that he is a willing actor in the western written script that Nigeria would disintegrate in 2015 or how else does one explain his failure to call his men to order.
“The growing threat to the stability of nations worldwide is not something to be toyed with particularly when one looks at the development in a place like Egypt. There is no gain in deliberately plunging one’s country into chaos or knowingly allowing situations to degenerate into anarchy.
“It is on this note that we urge the National Assembly to act now to save the country even if it means invoking the necessary law to remove this president. It is only a matter of time before the rampaging brigandage in Rivers state is deployed at the national level against federal lawmakers or any other state that is perceived as not friendly to whatever ambition President Jonathan may have.”
CNPP also asked the federal legislature to investigate the role played by the police in aiding the criminality in Rivers State particularly when video evidence strongly suggests that the police provided cover for people whose sole aim was to destabilize the state assembly.
It said, “It is not enough for the House of Representatives to ask for the redeployment of the Police Commissioner for Rivers State Command, Joseph Mbu.
“An investigation could yield valuable information as to who Mbu answers to even though the public might have correctly insinuated. Sending Mbu to another state may just turn out to be a recipe for contagion since he has apparently almost completed the scheme he was deployed to Rivers State for.
“There must be resounding sanction for a public employee that opted to place pecuniary interest over the collective interest of the people paying his salary.”
The group urged the Senate and House of Representatives to be united in saving Nigeria and to rise above party or ethnic politics in addressing the Rivers challenge.
Meanwhile, CNPP spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, has asked Mr. Jonathan to, as a matter of urgent national importance, call for truce in the Rivers State saga, especially with the reports that the life of the state governor was in danger.
“I am making this call because the kitchen-battle is getting out of hand by the day, especially with the unconscionable withdrawal of the military detachment stationed at the Rivers State Government, hence placing Governor Amaechi’s life in a cliff-hanger of a thoroughly compromised Commissioner of Police.
“I need not remind President Jonathan that as C-in-C of the Armed Forces of Nigeria that either by commission or omission he is culpable in the event of more things untoward.
“President Jonathan should note that his legacy as a democrat and respecter of rule of law is daily being eroded by a kitchen-battle which his cronies’ altercation with Amaechi has unfortunately degenerated to.
“Mr. President, no matter what your cronies might tell you, I am of the candid view that it is in your enlightened self-interest to call for a truce in the kitchen-battle otherwise you will be the greatest loser at the end of the day.
“In sum, the Nigerian state cannot be hurt badly, especially when two notorious factors – religion and ethnicity are absent in the kitchen-battle.”
Mr. Okechukwu thanked the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives “for their uncommon resolve, and patriotic stand on the Rivers state turmoil.”
Also in a statement on Thursday, a governorship aspirant in Anambra State, Udo Udeogaranya, condemned the violence and rage in the Rivers State House of Assembly.
He stated that it was unpardonable for those in positions of authority to resort to mayhem.
“As a democrat witnessing the acts of lawlessness, violence and rage at the Rivers State House Of Assembly, I condemn totally the acts of all the actors involved, both direct and indirect,” Mr. Udeogaranya said.
“We as a people must learn to tow the path of non-violence in resolving any issue that may confront us as an individual or collectively as a people.
“For parents to sit at home with their children and watch such a dastardly act coming from those who are in position to lead the society with genteelism, decorum, tranquility and nobility in the mould of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr and Mahatma Ghandi, to turn to some sort of vampires, leaching mayhem on lives and properties and degrading humanity, is unpardonable.”
The governorship aspirant also urged the Police Service Commission, PSC, to dismiss Mr. Mbu immediately just as he called for the recall and prosecution of the five lawmakers that attempted to impeach the Speaker.
He said that “all stakeholders must respect and abide by the constitutional stipulations that conferred Governor Chibuike Amaechi as the Governor, Head of Executive and The Chief Security officer of Rivers State, a federating unit of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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