The Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has spoken against “people” making “demeaning” remarks against President Muhammadu Buhari.
“There is no need for people to have the paraphernalia of security – you have the police, you have SSS, you have all (that). And those are the ones that help you to sleep in the night and then you come out to say that the presidency is deceiving people,” Mr. Akpabio, in what looked like a veiled attack apparently targeted at the governors of the states that make up Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
Mr Akpabio said in his speech at the inauguration of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) permanent office building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday, while he inaugurated the 13-floor story building on behalf of Mr. Buhari.
Apart from Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, no governor from the NDDC operational states participated in the ceremony.
The minister, with a shaky voice, appeared apprehensive when he was delivering his speech.
“Without even the president, you can’t sleep (at night) even if you are a governor,” he said.
“Some of them have not asked themselves what have we done with the 13 percent derivation, but yet they will open their mouth and talk about the presidency in very demeaning terms.
I want Mr President to ignore those things.
“It is not outsiders that have destroyed this place; trillions have been sent (in) but nothing has been seen on the ground,” Mr. Akpabio said.