‘Patience Jonathan transferred people for greeting me,’ Governor reveals

Amaechi also explained that at time the heads of security agencies in the state were reporting to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and First Lady, Patience Jonathan

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has said that he disagreed with President Goodluck Jonathan’s due to his wife’s domineering attitude.

Amaechi also explained that at time the heads of security agencies in the state were reporting to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The governor made the statement on Monday, May 25, 2015 during the presentation of a documentary on “The Amaechi Years.”

He said:

“People have asked me why I opposed President Goodluck Jonathan. When the fight started, instead of receiving money from the Federal government, we were sending money to the Federal Government.”

“Have you seen a country where the Commissioner of Police reports to the wife of the President? That is happening in Rivers State. Have you seen a country where a Brigade Commander reports to the wife of the President or where the Navy Commander or Air force Commander reports to the wife of the President? This happened in Rivers State.”

“The wife of the President will come, they will go and wait for her at the airport. She will tell them to come there at 9.00am, she will come by 12noon. They will escort her to her house, she will go upstairs and come down by 9.00pm and they will all be on ground waiting for her.”

“She will say, I heard you greeted Amaechi last week. Why did you greet him? I will transfer you and you are transferred. The more she did that, the more the President turned his back, and the more I fought because I felt that such a system is not a system that will make Nigeria grow. Why I agree with my friends who says forget the past because it is gone, I think it is a lesson.”

Amaechi concluded by saying that several attempts made by the outgoing first couple to remove him from office, they’d all be leaving at the same time.

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