Rotimi Amaechi, former minister of transportation, has
explained why he no longer speaks on national issues.
Since he resigned as minister in May 2022 to contest the All
Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary election, Amaechi has largely
abstained from commenting on political and governance-related matters.
Speaking during a lecture organised by The Niche on
Thursday, the former minister said Nigerians “are not bothered about anything”.
Amaechi said he had declined several requests to speak on
national issues since he left office.
He said situations that elicit citizens’ reactions in other
countries have little impact in Nigeria.
“Why did I decline? Two reasons. My publicist says don’t
speak. And I chose to obey my publicist. He is very angry that I’m speaking
today,” he said.
“What is new to say? Nigerians don’t react to anything. Has
any politician told you he is not a thief?
told you he went to university, which politician told you she served in NYSC,
and which politician told you he has his certificate? Nigerians know and still
vote for them. So what is your problem?
“Nigerians choose who to believe and who not to believe.
Nigerians choose who to vote for and who not to vote for. If you come to a
Nigerian man’s house and kill the mother, the father will continue his life.
“Nothing bothers you. Why do I waste my time? I chose not to
speak again because Nigerians will do absolutely nothing.”
The former Rivers state governor said he would not comment
on the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari because he was a
“I will also say
nothing about Tinubu’s government because you know the problem. Instead of
Nigerians to find solution to their problems, they are committing suicide,” he
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