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Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and Presidential Aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), proclaimed himself the best qualified person to run Nigeria on Monday.
He made this remark during a courtesy visit to the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniyan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, to express his desire to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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Amaechi characterized himself as a bridge between the country’s new and old generations, and he opted to begin his consultation and visitation from Ile-Ife since the ancient city is the source.
Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, praised the Ooni for conserving and protecting the distinguished Yoruba culture, explaining that the country’s government stands to profit much from the ancient institution.
“If elected as Nigeria’s president in 2023, I will sit down with the National Assembly to address the relevance of the traditional institution in Nigeria. There is a need to consult our traditional rulers in order to bring governance closer to the people.
“With due respect to my brothers in APC, PDP and other political parties, I am the most qualified in this present race and I am grateful to God for the opportunities given to me over the years”, he stated.
In response, the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, said that leadership roles, particularly political ones, are the same as those of stewards since they are expected to serve the common people.
Ooni characterized the Minister as one of the country’s luckiest politicians, stressing that Nigerians stand to benefit much from his (Amaechi’s) depth of expertise.
“You have been relevant since the beginning of this Republic for a reason, and I urge you to use that grace for the betterment of all Nigerians,” he remarked.
“What is obvious in your team is the inclusion of women; I am proud of this and I want you to keep doing more in this regard”.
“Women are so powerful especially when given leadership opportunities, they see what we men do not see”.