I Could Have Been Killed Because Of Buhari - Amaechi
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has revealed that he nearly died while fighting to see that President Muhammadu Buhari emerged as President in 2015.
The minister stated this on Saturday during the inauguration of a pro- All Progressives Congress (APC) non-govermental organisation, Free Rivers Development Initiative (FRD) in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers.
Amaechi, who was Director-General of the campaign team of Buhari, de-marketed former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was a threat to the emergence of the APC.
He attacked Jonathan in public and private and as the election drew near, there were reports that he would be one of the targets if the APC lost the election.
He was also involved in different rows with security agencies, particularly the police under Joseph Mbu, a former commissioner of police in Rivers.
Amaechi, during the event also said that he believed in the principles of the late environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa without knowing him.
"Saro-Wiwa was killed by the then machinery of power because of his belief that Ogonis and the Niger Delta should be liberated,” he said.
“I could have been killed by same machinery of power when we were fighting to install President Muhammadu Buhari because we fought the same power that killed Saro-Wiwa.”
According to Amaechi, some Ogoni sons and daughters find it difficult to identify with the late environmentalist but he identified with him.
“Everybody is now claiming to love Ogoni and knew Ken Saro-Wiwa because of election,” he said.
“If you love Ogoni, bring projects to Ogoni, train their children because as governor, I trained Ogoni children overseas.
“I made sure that government paid all the fees because education was one of the issues that Saro-Wiwa died for.”
Amaechi said when he was governor of Rivers, he planned to turn Bori, a community in Ogoniland, into a big city, and that was why he constructed all the internal roads in the city.
“When I became governor, there was no light in Bori and we brought light from Port Harcourt to the city,” he said.
“It was because of poverty I experienced that made me to build primary schools, primary health centres and employed teachers and doctors respectively.
“Today, the current government has reversed everything we did including free education and free healthcare care policies.”
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