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My problem with Rotimi Amaechi, the Governor of Rivers state - Patience Jonathan
| July 18, 2013
Speaking to bishops from the South-south Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who visited her at the Presidential Villa, the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Patience Jonathan spoke about the crisis in Rivers state and the issues she has with the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. The crisis in Rivers state took a turn for the worse last week when the members of the Rivers State House of Assembly engaged in a free for all fight which resulted in some members sustaining serious injuries. The First Lady has also been accused of fuelling the crisis by supporting the faction that opposes the governor. The Chairman, Niger Delta Bishops Forum, Bishop God-Do-Well Awomapara, who led the delegation to visit the First Lady, said that they decided to visit the First Lady so that they can understand the crisis in Rivers state and try to find a lasting solution to it. He said, “We are on a quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Rivers issue and mediate where necessary’’ Speaking to the bishops, the first lady described Rotimi Amaechi as “hot tempered,” and accused him of ignoring her advice, and annoying her by sacking the chairman of a local government area for holding a reception in her honour. She said, “Rivers state issue is one thing I’ve committed to prayer because I believe there is nothing God cannot do. God restored me and I’ll do His work without the fear of man. The truth will always remain the truth and what God ordains must come to pass and so Rivers issue is something we’ve handed over to God.’’ “This matter started as far back as four years ago at Anyugubiri in Okrika when I begged him not to demolish a part of Okrika but (that he should) dialogue first with the people. After that incident, he called the chairman of Okrika local government area and sacked him for holding a reception in our honour; that boy was the first victim. He also put my people under curfew for nine months. I called him and pleaded with him but he refused. Then I began to hear all sorts of propaganda in the media against me; this is not the way." “I’ve never spoken about this issue but as men of God, I believe you’ll say the truth always because there are a lot of conflicting interests; some will hear one thing and say the exact opposite. I also want you to know the genesis of this problem and pray that God touches Amaechi’s heart as per his hot temper because when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.’’ I appeal to Amaechi to sheathe his sword so that we can defend our state and this country with love, unity, patriotism and truth at all times. Hebrews 12:14 urges us to embrace peace with all men without which, we cannot see God. Amaechi is my son; I cannot fight him and I cannot kill him. He shouldn’t be used by outsiders against his own blood because this seat is vanity. “One day, no matter how long it takes, we will leave this seat. Power is not forever. This seat is vanity; others sat here and left so one day I’ll also leave and we will meet at home; so why should I fight him? Let’s take it easy, face issues, leave non-existent matters, stop magnifying lies and respect our leaders and people in authority. Let’s give peace a chance,’’ “Let’s take it easy and face issues. Let’s stop magnifying lies; we must respect our leaders and people in authority. Let’s give peace a chance.”

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Goodman    lagos, nigeria    July 18, 2013
When did Nigerians elect Mrs Patience Jonathan to any office of power that warrants her leaving it one day?
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    July 18, 2013
Humm! Who are the two elephants involved in the Rivers State crisis? Mrs Jonathan only pointed at the State Governor. But Mr. Ebenezer Obey sang thus: "Eni to n'oka kan s'omo lakeji re, merin to kun k'o ma je ti won o" meaning that when you point an accusing finger to your neighbour, the remaining four are actually pointing at you.

If Mrs. Jonathan was not the second elephant, why the visit by the team of bishops to Abuja to see her?
Mrs. Jonathan might have been hurt by the indifference of Mr. Ameachi to certain things. But this could have been better tackled legally, through the judiciary. Not too late anyway if the bishops can wade in and make peace reign in Rivers State.

But until peace reigns in the State, I find the two elephants involved guilty. After all, if two elephants play together, the grass still suffers. The two elephants should keep distance to themselves so that the grass can have peace and grow. God save Nigeria.
victor chinedu ochonma    omoku, nigerian    July 18, 2013
our first lady i thank you very much for thinking like this now and let it come from your mind Bcos peace is the only way God and show that you LOVE rivers state.

In the order hand let the governor also be pripered to make peace with the first lady becos we the poor onces in the state fill the pains and i want to use this morement to ask the firs lady and the governor to crate job for the youths of Rivers state.

We need peace and impowerment.
A.S;Augustine    Matogun,ogun state, Nigeria    July 18, 2013
It's my prayer that God divine guidance will be with the wisemen that visited Mrs Jonathan so that the problem and other ones will end.(that is if she will open up in truth to them)
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