‘Without Buhari, you can’t sleep at night even if you are governor’ – Akpabio

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 storey 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 per cent 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 ground,” Mr Akpabio said.

It is unclear who Mr Akpabio was referring to among the governors in the Niger Delta region.

Apart from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, governors in the region rarely make critical remarks against Mr Buhari.



– Premium Times

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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