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2023 election: Why I decided to keep quiet – Amaechi

The immediate past Minister of Transportation under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said he refused to speak again about the nation’s politics because Nigerians will still follow their mind.

Speaking on Thursday at TheNiche annual lecture in Lagos State, where he was the guest speaker, the former Rivers State governor said Nigerians are not ready for good governance.

He frowned at the situation where Nigerians will always vote for politicians with questionable character.

He decried the docile nature of Nigerians and their inability to demand good governance.

He said: “What is new to say, Nigerians don’t react to anything. Has any politician told you he is not a thief? Which politician 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? I say, why should I speak when already there’s nothing new?

“Nigerians choose who to believe and who not to believe, Nigerians choose who to vote and who not to vote. Even if you come to a Nigerian man’s house and kill his mother, the father will continue his life. Nothing bothers you, nothing, so why should I waste my time?

“I chose not to speak again because there was nothing to say and because Nigerians would do absolutely nothing. If you say it’s a lie, line up 10 Nigerians and shoot them tomorrow, nothing will happen.

“The worst thing about Nigerians is that even if you say you are not committing any crime and they pick you up tomorrow, ‘We said it, he’s a thief,’ Nigerians will join and chorus it, and you will go to prison for nothing.”

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