Rivers’ truth and reconciliation commission was to destroy Odili’s career’
A cleric has claimed that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established by ex-Governor Rotimi Amaechi was to destroy the political life of former Governor Peter Odili. The Chaplain of Our Lady of Holy Chaplaincy of Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Rev Monsignor Pius Kii, made the allegation during a special mass to mark Odili’s 70th birthday.
Kii said the lowest point in the 70 years of Odili was when the administration of his estranged political godson and former governor Amaechi, attempted to use the commission to destroy his political life.He said: “The aim was to prevent him from holding political offices. But, despite these betrayals, we are grateful to God that some have remained loyal sons, particularly Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and countless others in and out of the state.
“Having the love of one like Wike is having the love of many. One with Wike is in majority, as in him; God put 10 men in one man.” The cleric told Odili to be rest assured that those who are for him are more than those who have abandoned him.He stressed that Wike has taken over from Odili in developing the Christian faith and embarking on massive developmental projects.
Odili, while addressing the congregation, urged all Rivers people, irrespective of political affiliation, to support Wike to consolidate on his achievements.He said: “Let me use this opportunity to request our people, all Rivers men and women, our chiefs and the entire political class, everybody that is proud to be identified and called a Rivers man or woman, to give total support to this governor.
“I am not saying it from a political position. I am talking from the position of an elder statesman. This is because with his leadership, we can achieve total cohesion and unity of our people.”He described Wike as a loyal politician, who is outstanding in his commitment to the development of the state. “I have been a governor, I have worked under governors and I have seen governors after me. But, this man is unique,” he said.