The new war between transport minister Rotimi Amaechi and former President Goodluck Jonathan may continue for a longer time following accusations and counter-accusations from both parties.
Amaechi had reportedly claimed that Nigeria entered a recession because about $49 billion went missing from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under Jonathan.
In his reply through Reno Omokri, one of his aide, Jonathan described Amaechi’s postulations as lies saying Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was not sincere with his revelation on the missing amount.
Omokri has now received a dose of the battle from David Iyofor, a media aide to Amaechi.
According to Iyofor, Omokri is like “a mad man in the market square that points his fingers at sane people, calling them mad.”
In a lengthy article titled: ‘A letter to Wendell Simlin aka Reno Omokri on your petty vituperations against Rotimi Amaechi’, Iyofor said the aide to former President Jonathan is not only a liar, but has multiple identities and as a result, has no integrity.
Omokri was reportedly found to use the fake name ‘Wendell Smilin’ on social media to write opinions and tackle President Jonathan’s alleged opposition.
“I am not sure how to address you, whether to call you Reno Omokri or Wendell Smilin. This in itself is a fundamental problem. Your multiple identities send a profound message about your character and duplicitous personality.
“For the benefit of those who may not remember, I crave your indulgence to remind them that Wendell Smilin is one of your multiple names, the fake name(like the fake opinion articles, replete with fake news you write), you used to create a fake document that sought to portray our former Central Bank Governor, now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as a sponsor of terrorism in 2014 when you worked as the lead social media attack dog for former President Goodluck Jonathan,” Iyofor said.
He noted that Omokri must have been pained that his means of livelihood had been taken away when his boss was booted out of Aso Rock by Nigerians and that this had caused him an “uncontrollable anger and intense hatred for Rotimi Amaechi.”
“As a pastor (that is one prefix in front of one of your names I can’t seem to wrap my head around), you ought to know that the Bible tells Christians not to hold a grudge or stay angry.
“In your case it’s been such a long time-almost two years after your principal lost the Presidential election.
“My dear Wendell Simlin aka Reno Omokri, your recent tirade, like the previous ones targeted at Rotimi Amaechi, clearly signposts a dark vengeful heart. You called Amaechi a ‘confirmed liar’ and questioned his sanity; while the reality is that you are the one who had consistently lied and is still lying to Nigerians, faking documents and faking news to deceive Nigerians,” he added.
Iyofor maintained his boss’ earlier interview on the alleged missing fund was true of what transpired under Jonathan.
He noted that Amaechi was not telling a lie when he said Jonathan’s administration refused to call National Economic Council meetings for about two years, in violation of the constitution, so that the government could continue to spend the money meant for the three tiers of government.
“Does it not trouble you that there seems to be an obvious link between the missing billions Sanusi Lamido Sanusi wrote about to your principal and the billons of naira and other currencies that were allegedly squandered on frivolities like the N2 billion supposedly given to marabouts to pray for your principal’s election victory or the N4 billion for propaganda work and many others? How do you even sleep at night?
“You say Amaechi lied and no money was missing; yet billions in Naira and other currencies are been recovered regularly from top operatives of your principal’s administration.
“You even went as low as writing that Amaechi consistently betrays his benefactors without mentioning one benefactor he betrayed; and the accusations from matters that are in court.
“How low can you go? While you questioned the sanity of Amaechi, many Nigerians feel pity for you and know that you are the one who needs psychiatric and perhaps spiritual help. You are like a mad man in the market square that points his fingers at sane people, calling them mad,” he said.