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Temitope Babs Accuses Rotimi Amaechi of Blaming President Buhari for His Own Failures

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Temitope Babs, a senior member of the All Progressives Congress, has accused Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi of blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for his own failure.

Following the Monday train attack between Abuja and Kaduna, Amaechi told journalists in an interview that he had predicted the attack and had provided a document to the Federal Executive Council for the procurement of security equipment, but that it had been denied.

Rotimi Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi proposed that a two-year-old company with a father, mother, and child as directors be given the contract worth N3.7 billion, according to minutes of the meeting sighted by SaharaReporters on September 24, 2021, presided over by Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria, at a time when the President was out of the country for the United Nations General Assembly.

The firm, which was founded by Prince Godwin Momoh, Chioma Momoh, and George Momoh on August 6, 2019, had a turnover of only N84.9 million.

In a statement released on Saturday, Babs accused the minister of blaming his ‘colleagues’ and, by extension, the government, for the attack and his ministry’s failings to ensure the lives of Nigerians using the facility.

He went on to say that Rotimi Amaechi had been accused of bringing in low-quality, out-of-use locomotives and coaches into the country, and that if he had chosen a digital train, the bandits would not have had unrestricted access to the train while it was in motion.

“The response of the Minister of Transport, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to the tragic incidence along the Abuja-Kaduna rail line left many Nigerians in shock,” the statement adds. It was an expected reaction from a man who is notorious for his customary attempt to recoil from realities and apportion blames, according to those who are familiar with his antics and ineptitude.

“In his statement on Tuesday, minister Rotimi Amaechi had blamed the attack and the failures of his Ministry to secure the lives of Nigerians using the facility on his ‘colleagues’ and by extension the Federal Government.

“While on an on-the-spot assessment of the scene, the minister showed no empathy at all to the victims of the attack, their families or Nigerians in general but he went on and on blaming every other person except himself.

Isn’t it high time the Rotimi Amaechi gave up his wool-gathering approach to solving problem?

In spite of President Buhari’s commitment to the rail revolution, his Transport Minister has rubbed tar on the project.

Recall that the minister had been fingered for procuring low quality and out of use locomotives coaches into the country. If the minister had opted for a digital train, the bandits won’t have gained unhindered access to the train from outside whilst in motion.

“How far can arrogance and clueless ness take Amaechi in today’s Nigeria? To begin with, we must accept the fact that vast swathes of our country are increasingly becoming bandit territories.

Authorities, at all levels and in all spheres (traditional, religious, civic), need to ask themselves what they can and must do to change this narrative. We must also understand that in the face of a national tragedy, divisive rhetoric and bigotry stemming from petty politics will only compound our problem. In times like this, we must collectively commit to do all we can to take back our country from criminal gangs.

“The Abuja-Kaduna Road has been practically ceded to kidnappers who operate freely at several points along the expressway. Many have therefore opted for the train, considered to be safer and more convenient. Not anymore. Before last Monday’s attack, there had been attempts to breach security at the Kaduna Airport.

“Rotimi Ameachi ’s reaction is an affirmation that a leopard cannot change its spots. The country’s rail project is about to witness a repeat of his poor outing as governor in Rivers State for eight years where he had no legacy project to his name apart from white elephants projects littered across the state like the failed Shongai farms and the cable car construction from government house towards Mile 3 Market.

“The ministers’ outburst adds credence to a leaked audio of him some time ago to a section of the media that the President doesn’t read. With this coming from one that is arrogating to himself the sobriquet of ‘anointed’ successor without proven record of performance and ability to interpret the President’s vision into reality, there is need to access individual’s antecedents before certain responsibilities are bestowed on them.

“Families of victims should take heart as this incident has gone down in history as rewarding to the Minister for Transport. Rotimi has been enriched by the blood of innocent Nigerians to the tune of N3billion.

While we await Chinese enforcement of their sovereignty clause after poor workmanship frittered away their billions of dollars loans granted Amaechi’s ministry.”

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