Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers on Saturday said most Nigerians have resigned themselves to lives of suffering and lacked the necessary courage to force a change in their country.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, at the second Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders, Mr. Amaechi said Nigeria would not undergo a forceful revolution anytime soon because citizens are too timid and unwilling to make sacrifices.
He said the terrible living standards in Nigeria had made the country long ripe for a revolution but that citizens needed the kind of courage that forced change in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere. and has ruled out the possibility of having a violent revolution in the country.
He said, “Yes, revolution can happen outside Nigeria. But here, I do not think so. Tell me what happened in Sudan, Libya, Zimbabwe and other countries that have not happened here.
“Our elasticity has no limit. You do not pray for electricity to be regular but you know that some Nigerians pray ‘God, let the light be stable today.’ We pray without working to solve our problems and we think God will do what we are supposed to do for us.”
The governor, who said he would never support Nigeria’s disintegration, said whoever wanted a change in Nigeria must be prepared to face up to guns and other instruments of intimidation and harassment.
A lot of young people across the country attended the symposium which also had Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, polician and businessman, Pat Utomi, Chief Executive Officer of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, among others in attendance.
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