Top APC Presidential Aspirant Narrates How He and Former COAS Buratai Chased Criminals Into Rivers Bush

Top APC Presidential Aspirant Narrates How He and Former COAS Buratai Chased Criminals Into Rivers Bush

  • An All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant has said that he has all the experience needed to end the insecurity in Nigeria
  • Rotimi Amaechi revealed that as a governor of Rivers state, he successfully chased criminals into the bush alongside a former chief of army staff Tukur Buratai
  • According to Amaechi, they chased the criminals away into the bush without wearing a bulletproof vest

The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday, May 19, assured residents of Niger state that he will address the persistent insecurity in the country once he becomes the president in 2023.

Speaking with delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger, Amaechi who is a 2023 presidential hopeful said he has good experience in fighting insecurity.

2023 presidential election, Tukur Buratai, Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers state
Amaechi has promised to bring an end to the insecurity bedevilling Nigeria. Photo: Chibuike Amaechi
Source: UGC

Narrating some of his experiences, Amaechi said he curbed insecurity during his time as governor in Rivers state.

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The Cable reports that the minister also confirmed that as a governor he and Tukur Buratai, former chief of army staff, chased criminals into the bush in Rivers without bulletproof vests.

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Amaechi's words:

“I know what you’re suffering, I was governor of Rivers State when they were kidnapping two months old children, and I never slept until everybody slept.
“General Buratai is not here today, he would have told you the story. Buratai, myself the former Inspector General of Police (Suleiman Abba) asked them, we used to chase criminals in the bush."

Amaechi encounter with JTF commander without a bulletproof vest

Further speaking, Amaechi said he remembers one particular day while he was chasing some of the criminals alongside General Sarkin Yaki Bello (the then Commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta).

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According to him, they were running when the military general asked him:

"Your Excellency, are you wearing a bulletproof vest?’

Amaechi in his response said:

"I said why are you asking, he said ‘what if they shoot you,’ I said ‘are you wearing one?’ He said no, and I asked ‘what if they shoot you."
“But in six months, we brought down insecurity in Rivers state.”

He added that he had successfully handled various offices in Nigeria and is more experienced than all the other aspirants contesting for the seat of president in 2023.

He noted:

“Another difference between me and them, is that I am a politician, they’re not. The difference is that I can walk to you and I’ll talk, discuss with you.
“I can connect easily with the people. I wasn’t born into a rich family. My father was a poor man, the only English my mother knows how to speak is pidgin english. I ate garri three times a day, and I still eat garri three times a day till today, so I know poverty.”

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Rotimi Amaechi had compared himself to vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, and Bola Ahmed Tinubu in terms of the 2023 presidential race.

The former transportation minister said he is more qualified than both the APC's national leader and the vice president.

Amaechi, therefore, called on the APC delegates in Kano to vote for him during the primary, even if they have a preferred aspirant in mind.

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Meanwhile, ahead of the APC presidential primary scheduled to take place between Monday, May 30, and Wednesday, June 1, Amaechi had taken his consultation to Ogun.

Speaking with Governor Dapo Abiodun and APC delegates in the state on Monday, April 25, the minister of transportation noted that he had the experience to lead Nigeria in 2023.

Amaechi who is also a presidential aspirant on the platform of the ruling party added that he deserves the support of the delegate by virtue of being their friend.


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