Rivers: Soyinka is ignorant - Presidency

THE Presidency on Friday replied Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on his position on the Rivers State crisis, describing him as ignorant while advising him to be “responsible.”

It has also laid the responsibility of the fracas in the Rivers State House of Assembly on Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who, it said, along with his aides personally participated in the Wednesday’s incident as the aggressors.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, told State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday that it was wrong to drag the name of President Goodluck Jonathan into the crisis as video evidence of incident clearly showed that the governor’s aides were the attackers.

Responding to accusations by Soyinka, he observed that Soyinka spoke out of ignorance.

He said: “Soyinka, without knowing the fact just went public to blame the President and his wife for what is happening in the state. He is an elder statesman, I don’t want to join issues with him but I will say that he should be responsible.”

According to him, “It is mischief to say that the President is behind the crisis in Rivers State. The President cannot be part of the crisis in that state. He is a man of peace.

“The problem in Rivers State is the internal wrangling of the administration of the governor. It is sad that when there are crises in the assembly, the governor will physically drive to the House of Assembly to partake in the crises.

“The fact is, in this crisis of Rivers State, the governor should be held responsible because if he did not go physically to the House of Assembly, those guys won’t have been emboldened to be beating people there.

“Moreso, that his security aides were right inside the chambers, the sacred chambers, which ordinarily nobody is allowed to enter apart from the members.

“So, I repeat that Amaechi should be held responsible for what happened.

“He should not drag Jonathan’s name into this matter. Rather, it is the President that is the victim of Amaechi’s mischief plan. He is claiming the state is under siege and that the commissioner of police is against him whereas the CP physically warned him not to go physically into the House of Assembly,” he declared.
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