The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has disowned a report alleging that he expressed disappointment in President Muhammadu Buhari for not appointing him Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF).
The president appointed Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State as the new SGF on Thursday, ending speculations that the position had been reserved for either of Amaechi or former national chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
But the ex-Rivers governor insisted he never spoke to any media organization and described the story published by an online blog as a tissue of lies, ridiculous and meaningless.
In a statement released by his media office, Amaechi said he holds the media in high esteem but may soon be forced to take action against those who bring the profession of journalism to disrepute by their deliberate falsehood and malicious reports.
The statement reads in full: “The attention of former governor of Rivers State Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been drawn to a story with the caption ‘SGF: Buhari Disappointed Me – Amaechi’, published by a certain Savinggracereporters.com.
“The story which is ridiculous as it is meaningless is a figment of the writer’s imagination and sadly flouts all the basic rules of journalism biz: fairness, accuracy and balance. This story like so many others like it is a tissue of lies and fit only for the trash-can.
“Since after leaving office and with the successful delivery of the change agenda to Nigerians, former Governor Amaechi has been enjoying a well-deserved rest. He hasn’t found any need to grant any interviews to any journalist or blogger and so couldn’t have spoken to savinggracereporters.
“Rt. Hon Amaechi holds the media in high esteem but may soon be forced to take action against those who bring the profession of journalism to disrepute by their deliberate falsehood and malicious reports.
“For the sake of decency and ethical conduct, Rt. Hon. Amaechi therefore demands that the said savinggracereporters immediately retract the mischief they have on their website and apologize to their readers for their unprofessional conduct.
“In this era of reformation and restoration, it is important that everyone embraces propriety and decorous conduct to enable every segment of our country join the change train”.