By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has declared his intension to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. 
According to Amaechi, his aspiration is not about fulfilling his personal ambition, but believes that it is his moral duty to give what he can in the service of the country. 

“T o Sustainable & Intensify;and intensify present efforts at solving our national problems, our democracy must ensure the emergence of a leadership that is equipped with broad experience in governance and ;to ensure stability and continuity.

” To sustain our democracy and preserve our unity, we need a steady hand and a passion for success in a nation that remains united to pursue prosperity for all Nigerians. 

“It is this combination of experience and patriotic passion that I bring to the table.

I have been in the political arena for 23 years. I have served at every level of government - local, state, and federal. I have served both as a political appointee and an elected official. I have served both as an executive – as Governor of Rivers State and as a legislator – as Speaker of the State House of Assembly,” he said.

He pointed out that in these capacities, he did not just fill vacant posts. As a Speaker, he managed the legislative process in a difficult transition from military rule.
He added that as Governor, he defeated mercantile militancy and restored security, and as a minister, he could modestly claim to have justified the trust of Nigerians.  

I do not come from a privileged background. I grew up poor. I understand how it feels to go without some meals in a day.

I know the pain of lack and the agony of want. I know what it means to see your parents toil just to keep a roof over your family’s head. I know what it is to feel the weight of expectation when you are are the only one in your family who enjoys the opportunity to attend university.

Subsequently, I funded the education of my siblings to be university graduates as well. I know what it is to scrimp and save and struggle,'' he said. He noted that he would not have come this far Without family,

mentors, friends and sponsors who believed in him and the grace of God and appreciate all their help. He noted that the next leg of his political journey would be tough, but was excited to go out and engage with Nigerians from every walk of life.

I am ready to go from Maiduguri to Makurdi, from Sokoto to Sagbama, from Yola to Oyo, from Badagry to Birnin Kebbi. To each town and village, I will have one message: Hope is around the corner.

I look forward to meeting you in your towns, villages, cities, campuses, and creeks. I want to hear your desires, needs and pains. I want to know what matters most to you.

I want to listen and learn. I will be coming with one assurance: I will be welcome everywhere because the blood of every Nigerian flow in my veins. I shall be the president of all and every Nigerian.

I believe that despite our cultural differences, we remain one people under God. We may speak different languages or worship in different ways, but we all want the same things - a better life for our children, the ability to support our families, the freedom to live in peace without fear for our lives or properties,'' he said.

He promised if elected as president to play his part to the best of his ability, adding that every day he would rise and go to work for Nigerians, would not forget the fact that he was there to serve.

Today, I stand as an aspirant to the position of President because of that same passion for people; that same drive for results. 

More than ever before, I am burning with the zeal to make a decisive difference in the lives of all Nigerians. 
No matter the darts and arrows that come my way, I will remain steadfast because the stakes are too high. We cannot afford to fail. We cannot afford to veer off-course..

I pledge my heart, mind and soul to the task of building a Nigeria in which every child can go to school, every young person can find work or support to start a business.
“Every citizen can travel safely around the country and sleep at night knowing that law and order prevails and every Nigerian feels included, heard, and respected,” he said.
He noted that the road ahead would be long and arduous. But would go forward with faith. 

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