A one-time Governor of River State, and Nigeria Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was attacked by Nigerians after a statement he made that, “I didn’t join politics because I wanted to be a leader or because I wanted to solve Nigeria’s problems. I joined because of unemployment. I also believe there is a part that grace played in it”.
Speaking on Live Chat with Josey in a counter-reaction, the Minister said, “My statement was misunderstood, and I don’t care what people say about it”.
He said, “I never believe that one day I will be a governor or a speaker. What I am trying to convey in that message was, I was unemployed, and politics became the source of livelihood at that time”. Amaechi said, it was due to his unemployment that he met the former governor Dr. Peter Odilli, who gave him the appointment. But the impression that people are creating is that he joined politics just to embezzled funds.
On the issue of his support to Buhari’s administration, Amaechi said “I have no regret in supporting Mr President, those criticizing the government are those whom power has left, and have nothing to benefit directly”.
Amaechi reacted to the security situation in Nigeria, saying the APC-led government has done a great job compared to the past administration when Boko Haram attached Abuja frequently, and to the extent of expanding their attacks to South-South. He said, “the truth about insecurity is about poverty. Those who are poor will not allow the rich to sleep”. Also, he said, “The rich deny the poor the right to live, so if you deny them the right to live, you will also not live”. This means there is a need to address inequality among citizens.
He made a comment about people’s comment on the nature of the Buhari-led government, that the President always maintains a guided-silence. He said, “The president only acts when it is necessary, for those who believe his administration is inactive, time will tell when his tenure is over. They will live to appreciate his effort for his glorious service to the nation”.