Unlike our generation, Nigerian youth now ‘support’ corruption — Amaechi

PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16). 4482/20/6/2016/BJO/NAN

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says Nigeria youth are copying the wrong model of leadership, an act, he notes, may jeopardise their future.

Mr. Amaechi made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the Future Awards Africa held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos last Saturday.

He said the youth were not ready yet to embrace a corrupt-free society because they were wrongly orientated by those who were using them for their interest.

“The problem with Nigerian youths is that they just want to take over from the elite but they are not ready to embrace change, they don’t want reform.

“They say that the roles being played by the elite are not satisfactory, but they must be ready to upset the leaders of this country through their ingenuity.

“For example, during our days of activism, we engage government over unfavourable policies and we get headlong even during the military administration.

“Now, student union presidents want a vehicle and a driver to be driving him about to attend meetings; during our time, who dares have a car, we all struggle on the street, Mr. Amaechi told NAN.

He advised youth to rise up to the fight against corruption instead of a tacit support to those that they feel are their benefactor.

“I will advise the youth to fight against corruption with all their energy instead of giving tacit support to those they think are their benefactors.

“During our time in the student union struggles, we rose against impunity and organised protests; but what happens today, the government of the day announces the money siphoned but the youth keep quiet.

“Such astronomic stolen amount government announced wouldn’t have happened during our time, all the street would have been filled with youths protesting and seeing that the culprits were punished.

“Today, we have some of our youths dancing behind the corrupt politicians for a pot of meal that will not last long thereby mortgaging their future,’’ he said.

Mr. Amaechi said Nigerian youth should stand up to the reality of life by asking questions from leaders on how they manage the economy and the commonwealth of Nigeria.

“Nigerian youths should start asking questions from leaders, including me about what we are doing with our resources. It’s time to reject those that put us in this.

“We should all desist from pulling our country down through corruption. But unfortunately, the youth are not interested in that, all what they want is how to look good.

“Maybe they looked at me wearing designer shoes, what they will notice is that designer and how they can get it. That is not supposed to be.

“During my time as a student union leader, I had only two pairs of clothes. But now the value system is wrong and the youth are copying wrong leadership model,’’ he said.

(NAN)


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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Look who’s talkin…..CHIBUIKE THE THEIF !!

    • Banke

      Real thief!
      Looted Rivers State with his master Odili and his judge wife. After all the looting and buying a ministerial position/appointment from the coffers of the Rivers State’s government; he can afford to talk! Wonders shall never end.

  • Bassey Frank

    Why will they not copy you when you are swimming in wealth of corruption, impunity and sacred cow apron?

    • Tunsj

      Bassey Frank, on this, I agree with you about corruption.

  • share Idea

    If the masses should stop listening to these lying APC leaders, they will soon realise that propaganda has a limit…

    • Simon Tor Gideon

      Tell him one single thing he said above that is not true of the so-called youths of nowadays who want to live like a permenent secretary who has put in over 30 years in service and some of them are just fresh graduates on level 08.The youths of today eulogise corrupt govt officials who have stolen their collective wealth to the extent that you see them carrying placards protesting their arraignment in courts for prosecution,yet persistently,they are blaming the govt in power for their woes.

      • share Idea

        Is there any law against anyone having a big dream. What matters most is government applying the rule of law to everyone regardless of position, ethnicity or Religion.

        In advanced country, young people that are doing well live larger than life but they are constrained by the rules of the ir country. If a young person looks at permanent Sec and wants to live like him/her, if he/her is caught breaking the law, appropriate sanctions should be applied. Conversely, if the young person is endowed with creative skill that made him or her to earn money that would enable such person to live like perm Sec at a young age, why begrudge the person or tar everyone with corruption brush. Is it a crime for someone to be successful in Nigeria?

    • Tunsj

      Your hero, Atiku, has been lying throughout his life and he’s still lying to a clown like you. Why don’t you go and kiss yourself.

      • share Idea

        Atiku is not my hero but he acknowledges that he is human with obvious imperfections unlike Buhari the great liars and con man that kept lying to the gullible about his contrived sainthood.

  • FreeNigeria

    They learned from the best, your generation. Your generation destroyed Nigeria.

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  • marc umeh

    No , they are planning and scheming to escape from the country
    . Meanwhile they have Arsrnel and Chelsea to watched and bet on.

  • Enemona

    The youth don’t come from the moon, they’re made in the same society as the elite. They’re a mirror of the society. If the entire country is polluted, the youth are not spared.

    • Tunsj

      Well stated.

    • Pluti

      The youths are not mirrors of the society. They are the future, if the youths are scared the society dies an example is Nigeria. Have you ever seen a meaningful protest in the world without youths? Except Nigeria. When there are good parents who make sure youths know there rights, wrong and consequences, a sane society is created

  • Buharin daji

    Funny Angel Ameachi who cleverly forgot to mention the part where Wike gave him the 200million while he was on exile in Ghana

    • aisha ani

      He did say his friend gave him the money, now where did Wike get it from?

      • Buharin daji

        Wike was his only friend during his Ribadu imposed exile with such financial capacity at the time as a Chairman I’ve heard Ameachi narrate this story several years ago after when he was Governor where he mentioned Wikes name

        • aisha ani

          I wonder why he is saying all this, maybe he is trying to make up with Wike….hmmm!

      • Buharin daji

        Wike was actually his defacto accountant dearie all those years he was speaker River’s State house of assembly

        • aisha ani

          Imagine that.

  • Nkem

    See this rogue who has done no meaningful work all his life except to serve as PRO and later PA to Odili the master crook then became speaker of River state House of Assembly under Odili for eight years and then governor of River state for another eight ears during which time he also served as ATM for APC during the 2015 elections.

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Youths! na don hear ba?

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    What a load of crap

  • princegab

    It’s time to give account, oga amaechi is fidgety. With nothing to show, he is stylishly campaigning for Atiku.

  • Chuks

    Unlike you generation my foot…As if the youths vote counts..This Amechi guy is just a rogue just like every other corrupt politicians that Nigeria has had before, now and the ones that are yet to emerge.

  • Lanre

    The future of any country lies with the youth. I have no comments in direct response to Rotimi Amaechi but the reason some of us are on a crusade to free Yorubaland from the clutches of the corruption inherent in governance in Nigeria is clear. Nigeria holds no future for its youth.

  • Karen South

    Its really bad when youths of yesterday like this Callos Thief sit there and talk about youths of nowadays like we fell from the sky… Who was their leader at that time, were they looting and stealing billions, I am sure this man talking will have no place in Govt, he would probably be a retired soldier if he didnt died during peacekeeping or fighting bokoharam. What does youth know before 18, after 18yrs we keep struggling and then at 24Yrs, some oldies start to judge the youth… God will send his wrath on you all who caused and are causing sufferings to the people.. EVen if this isnt posted, God is listening to my heart….