Minister of Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed he will take a break from politics after the 2023 general election, noting that he will relax, further his education and go into teaching.
The minister made this known during an interview with a Nigerian media outlet, Daily Trust.
Amaechi, when he was asked during the interview, what are his plans after 2023, he said “I will sleep”, after which he disclosed he will obtain a PhD and go into teaching.
In the interview, Amaechi also berated Nigerian political elites for depriving the youths of the needed development, alleging them of wasting the country’s resources.
The former Rivers state governor noted that the only way to secure the future of the youths is to make available for them the infrastructural development, hence the Buhari administration’s focus on building infrastructure.
The minister reiterated that most of the “big men” have already left their states for Abuja “which is protected because the president is here”, but someday, “the young boys we deprived” will rise up and chase the government out of Abuja, the seat of power.
In his words:
“What the president is saying is: let us create infrastructure. The president would ask how we feel when we get to Cape Town. You will be ashamed being a Nigerian because the political elites have burnt our resources and are not able to put infrastructures on the ground.
Amaechi stressed that the only thing you will hear of Nigeria is that you should come to Abuja; that it is a fine city. But Abuja does not feed anybody. He added:
“If we are not careful, we will be chased out of Abuja.”
Stressing further, the minister disclosed that he has once said when he was the speaker and later, governor, that the country’s political elites including him, would wake up one day and the young boys they deprived would chase them out of town.
He added that most of the “big men” have run away from their states and relocated to Abuja, which is protected because it is where the president is living, adding that “one day, the boys will be courageous and we will be on the run”.
Speaking about the legacies he will leave behind, the minister noted that, unlike the previous administrations, the Buhari government does not permit anyone to openly steal money.
He stressed that in the past governments, corruption was so prevalent that “you can even take money in the streets” and nobody was talking about it.
The minister noted that, during the time, it is clear to everyone that people completely and openly displayed their wealth, adding that they did not have a carpentry shop, but they were billionaires.
“They did not hide it; but here, if you are stealing, it is done quietly. I am not saying it is good, it is a sin punishable,” he said.