It has come to the notice of the Concern Rivers Indigenes that the Governor of Rivers State have resorted to cheap blackmail, hate speech, cast aspersions and incite people against a man who God has Blessed and means well for his people.
We are aware, that on Wed. 11th Dec. 2019, Gov. Wike met with some Kalabari Indigenes and instead of discussing on the way forward with respect to developing Kalabari, Rivers State and founding solutions to the insecurity that has crippled the economy of the State, Gov. Wike was busy discussing, mocking and inciting the people against the Founder/President of Belema Oil. We are aware, that the essence of the visit to Gov. Wike by some Kalabari Indigenes was not to discuss the Founder/President of Belema Oil or to mock President Buhari and Lt. Gen. Burutai, but to discuss on the absence of development and projects in the area since the inception of the administration of Gov Wike.
In other to mislead them because Gov. Wike have nothing to say as the reason he have refused to develop the area, Gov. Wike decided to misdirect their attention towards the issues of Belema Oil as an excuse. In his speech, Gov. Wike said one of their sons who is the owner of Belema Oil has embarked on deliberate falsehood to mislead Kalabari people on the role of Rivers State Government towards resolving the impasse concerning OML25.
There is no gain saying that the owner of Belema Oil has never engaged Rivers State Government on war of words concerning OML25, not to talk of peddling falsehood against Rivers State Government. The activities of Rivers State Government towards resolving the issues of OML25 is within the public knowledge, so there is no need bringing it again since the public is already aware of it. We Challenged Gov. Wike to show proof of his allegations or should remain silent.
The Founder/President of Belema Oil do not have enough time for himself because of his crowded activities and putting final touches to bring to reality the establishment of the Kula export terminal which was just approved by President Buhari, managing to keep up-to-date his brainchild (Belema Oil), not to talk of propagating falsehood. Only those who are idle, propagate falsehood and even Gov. Wike know that the Founder/President of Belema Oil is not an idle man and therefore can not propagate falsehood.
Gov. Wike also said that the Founder/President of Belema Oil met him and told him that federal government is about issuing him license to operate OML25 and further pleaded to give him back his land which the immediate past administration forcefully collected from him and gave out for SSS quarters which he did and gave him certificate of Occupancy. The information available to us has it that the Founder/President of Belema Oil, met Gov. Wike concerning part of his land that was encroached by the SSS and presented all relevant and necessary documents backing his claims. Gov. Wike acted immediately and directed the contractor handling the building projects to stop to avoid litigation. There was no time the immediate past administration forcefully collected all the land belonging to Belema Oil and there was no formal discussion on what Gov Wike will help him to do concerning OML25 as he is not an Indigene of Kula and he do not have the power to issue the operational license. The owner of Belema Oil believes in action and not the talking type.
Gov. Wike went further to query why the Founder/President of Belema Oil is concentrating on developing the northern part of Nigeria by donating the sum of #3,000,000,000.00 to build a university and why naming some streets after President Buhari and Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Burutai who are deceivers and will immediately abandoned him. To set the record straight, the Founder/President of Belema Oil graciously donated #2,200,000,000.00 for the establishment of the Nigeria Army University in Borno State. This is with respect to the many good things he has been doing in Nigeria and as one who believes in one Nigeria. As an Indigenous Oil Company owner, the Founder/President of Belema Oil and his wife have decided to assist others outside their operational base. The only thing that is expected of any company, is to pay your taxes and levies according to government regulations and diligently fulfil the agreement in the GMOU with your host community. It is also laughable, or a memory loss to remember that Belemaoil Producing Limited is currently building a housing unit of various categories worth 1,200,000,000.00 at the Abuloma-Okuru axis of Port Harcourt for the Rivers State Government. But Belema Oil is an exception to this. There is no ethnic group in Nigeria that have not benefited from the humanitarian services of Belema Oil. Maybe Gov. Wike is not aware, that Belema Oil is the only company both local and foreign, that the people are lobbying for it to come to operate in their areas. This is because Belema Oil is seeming to be the only company that fulfil its obligations in the GMOU. Inciting Rivers people against the Founder/President of Belema Oil because he is doing some projects in the Northern part of Nigeria and mocking President Buhari and Lt. Gen. Burutai over roads named after them by the Founder/President of Belema Oil, is indeed mischievous and very bad of a governor of a state, like Gov. Wike is doing. We must stop hate speech today and join hands with the Founder/President of Belema Oil for a better Nigeria. Belema Oil is doing projects in both Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria.
We are aware that the Founder/President of Belema Oil do not like mentioning the good things he has done, else, we would have mentioned what he has done for the development of Kalabari, Rivers State and Nigeria at large.
Remember, the donation Gov. Wike is complaining about is a personal donation from JACKRICH TIEN JUNIOR, but Gov. Wike recently donated #200,000,000.00 without approval from Rivers people to the Benue State Government which is also Northern part of the country. Gov. Wike also donated from public fund #500,000,000.00 twice to a university owned by His Excellency, Sir Dr. Peter Odili. Why is Wike complaining about a good thing.
Furthermore, Gov. Wike told those present to call the Amayanabo of Kalabari to order without stating what the Amayanabo did that was wrong. It is disheartening to note that Gov. Wike will grow this wild to insult a revered stool like the Amayanabo of Kalabari and the sensibility of the entire Kalabari people and think he will go unpunished because he is the governor of Rivers State. Why we are not much bordered on the insult on the stool, is that it is obvious, that it is Gov. Wike’s stock in trade. If Gov. Wike can arrest and almost imprison his own Royal Highness, Eze Anthony Owabie and dethrone him just for politics, then nobody should expect anything less. Gov. Wike has consistently insulted the traditional rulers in Rivers State and he thought that he will grow old to be one in future. No, never. Since he has assumed the position of God, condemning everybody before human indifference, then he must surely pay for it.
It is very unfortunate that, Gov Wike have abandoned governance to play politics with everything in Rivers State. Up till now, Gov Wike have not constituted his cabinet and he is busy awarding fake contracts without commissioners and other agencies that will be necessary for approval. Rivers State is in a reverse gear where everything to Gov. Wike is possible. No electricity at the State secretariat and civil servants are no longer going to work because the lift is not working, desolution of Timariv which have caused untold hardship on Rivers people, none payment of staff of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, retirees protesting always in front of government house because of non payment of their pensions and gratuities and none payment of political office holders. It is obvious, that why Gov Wike have abandoned governance and have decided not to appreciate good tidings from anybody including the Founder/President of Belema Oil is because he have not worked anywhere in the world as an individual till he joins politics and started making money more than those who have laboured on their own like the Founder/President of Belema Oil. Should doing good be stopped because Gov. Wike do not like it? God forbids.
In concluding part of his speech, Gov. Wike said that the Northern people particularly President Buhari and Lt. Gen. Burutai will soon disappoint the owner of Belema Oil despite what he is doing for them. We make bold to say that the Founder/President of Belema Oil is not expecting anything from anybody in return for his good deeds because he is doing according to his desire and as directed by God.
It will interest Nigerians to note that Belema Oil is one of the leading indigenous oil companies that is doing well.
We are pained, that Rivers State have lost its glory under the leadership of Gov. Wike and instead of bringing the likes of Jackrich Tein Junior to share in his common sense of success and how possible it will be to stabilise Rivers State Economy, Gov. Wike is busy chasing shadows. It is obvious, that the bartered and shattered economic image of Rivers State, is not the business of Gov. Wike but his interest is how to bring down those who have tried on their own to be stable in life like JACKRICH TIEN JUNIOR. Rivers State Government should be interested in developing the state to an enviable height.
Belema Oil is the only oil company that have it’s head office at it’s operational base and we will never fold our hands to allow anybody (whether government officials or not) or group of persons to incite people against him.
We hereby call on Gov. Wike to stop forthwith from inciting people against a man who God has Blessed and in return, he is ready to assist and has been assisting people beyond human imagination.
Gov Wike should concentrate in governance which he got by CHANCE and stop bringing down those who are bringing investors to boast the dwindling economic situation in Rivers State or he should resign and be ready to face the consequences of his actions.
We urge all Nigerians to remain resolute to support and appreciate the goodwill of the Founder/President of Belema Oil.
Engr. Lucky Friday Owunari,
Director of Strategic Communications,
Concern Rivers Indigenes