— A Reply To Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri
By: Ambrose Nwaogwugwu
After reading the recent published article by Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri, trying in his usual self serving characteristic manners, to portray the Governor of Rivers State of trying to go on collision course with the Federal authorities, I have to make the following observations to clear the air that the Governor of Rivers state acted in order.
Prof. Obiaraeri is a notorious character who always stand the truths on the head by always making his political sentiments come before any point of law he professes professorship.
While there is no conflicting stand on the nature of our civil aviation authorities and of course, while not also contesting the fact that the operations of the Nigerian civil aviation and including the airspace fall under the Exclusive Legislative List of the Federal government – we can not play blind eyes that Governor Wike has acted within the ambits of his Rights as the Chief Executive governor of Rivers and his stands so far does not contravene the exclusive rights of the Federal government on our aviation and indeed the airspace in the Nigerian territory including Rivers State.
The question that Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri failed to answer is this:
1. Did Gov. Wike prevent the Calverton aircraft from flying into Rivers State?
So if the governor or the government of Rivers state did not inhibit or prevent the Calverton from having access into the airspace of the state, how then are they trying to be on a collision course with the Federal government as Prof. Obiaraeri failed to point out in his jaundiced article?
Yes, Gov. Wike swore an oath “to the best of his ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” by granting access into the airspace of Rivers state to Calverton which is on the Exclusive Legislative List of the Federal government — also, on the other hand, Gov. Wike swore an oath to also, to the best of his ability – to protect the lives and properties of the people of Rivers state as the Chief Security Officer of the state under the same constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While the Federal government have the exclusive rights to to grant permission to the airspace to Calverton to fly into Rivers state, the government and the Governor of Rivers state reserves the right under law to take into custody once they step their foot on the soil of Rivers state and quarantine them once they disembark from their airplane and this is exactly what Gov. Wike has done.
He clearly respected the rights of the Federal government by allowing them flights into the state, but will they remain on air forever? Of course NOT. They will disembark and once they do so, they are to get into the territory of Rivers State which is under the watches of Rivers State government under the Leadership of Gov. Wike.
By this coronavirus, remarked by President Donald Trump, “America is in a war with an invisible enemy”, and I paraphrase, the world is at war with an invisible enemy right now.
And I dare say that in this type of a war with an invisible enemy, everyone is a suspect – including the crew members of the Calverton aircraft and their personnel.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has indeed acted very bravely to protect the interests of his people health security wise because you can not trust the crew and personnel of Calverton who just flew in into the state from a place that could have been exposed to the pandemic virus and the best possible things which he has already done, was taking all the crew members and passengers of the airplane to custody and quarantine them for medical assessment.
Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, a social critic, he wrote from Owerri – Imo State.