By Our Correspondent
The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has called on Nigerian youth to jump to the opportunity created by those who defected from the ruling party, APC, to the opposition PDP.
“Those who want to leave can go. I have come to understand that God passes us through challenges to prove himself. Now that they have left; for me, this is an opportunity for the youths. It is your turn. You must ensure that we get to power for you to fill the vacuum left.”
Amaechi also urged Nigerians in his political circle to rededicate themselves and restore their commitment to God ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Mr. Amaechi spoke while testifying of his ‘miraculous’ emergence as Governor of Rivers State in 2007 during a special thanksgiving service to mark the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court judgment that declared him Governor of Rivers State, held at the Abundant Life Evangelical Mission (ALEM) in Port Harcourt, Sunday.
The former Rivers governor is a key member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
With former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s recent defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, some members of the opposition PDP have urged Mr. Amaechi to also return to their fold.
Mr. Amaechi re-lived his ordeal in 2007 and how God showed up for him when all odds were against him.
“The truth is that we believed God. Some who didn’t believe left us just as they are leaving now. God told me that what he will do in Rivers State will tingle the ears, and I believed. We were so broke, we could not pay legal fees or children’s school fees. My wife prayed every day and night. I was fasting and praying for 3 months. I told God ‘I have a friend who has money, please make him remember me.’ I called my friend and he told me he has been looking for me. I told him I was in Ghana and he asked for my account… He sent me Two hundred million naira. This is just to tell you that I believed God and he answered me,” Mr. Amaechi said.
He wondered why many of his friends and political associates whom he helped one way or the other have turned on him. But he said that it is God’s way of creating a vacuum for the youths to take charge.
He also advised the youth to be of help to people around them when they are in positions of power. “We must all go back to God in faith and prayers.