The former governor of Rivers State and current Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has explained how unemployment push him into Politics.
This was disclosed by the minister in recent interview with PUNCH saying providing solution to Nigeria’s problems didn’t drive him into politics, rather his political journey started out of unemployment.
“I didn’t join politics because I wanted to be a leader or because I wanted to solve Nigeria’s problems. I joined because of unemployment. I also believe there is a part that grace played in it.
Despite having a fulfilling career, Amaechi said he would not advise any of his children to join Nigerian politics because it has no rules. He added that “One has to be a hard man to survive the betrayals in Nigerian politics.”
Nigerian politics is not something one would want one’s child to go into because there are no rules. One can be easily destroyed. One must have the grace to survive. I don’t know if he has that grace (and I’m not talking about tact or sagacity) to survive because it is a man-eat-man world.
“You can see what is going on in Rivers State now– young men, who God used one to help raise in politics are now turning against one. If God wasn’t by my side, I may not have been standing till now. There is a lot of betrayals and I don’t know if he can survive that because he literally grew up in Europe. One has to be a hard man to survive the betrayals in Nigerian politics”.
Mr Amaechi also lamented the poor representation of the people by political officeholders, saying the poor have never been properly represented by the government whether it is the current administration, which he is part of, or the ones before it.
“The poor are still here and I doubt if they would ever go away. What happens is that the elite – whether the capitalists or socialists – must manage them in such a way that they can be provided for.”