“There’s mind-boggling level of massive looting of Nigeria’s wealth” – Amaechi cries out
First-Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi has that Nigeria is hovering around a dangerous precipice due to the activities of anti-democratic forces in the country.
According to him, there is ongoing massive looting of the nation’s treasury, big-scale electoral fraud, while the judiciary has either been bought or cowed into silence.
Amaechi, who is the only First-Republic minister still alive, lambasted the youths for being docile as their future is being stolen right under their noses.
The elder statesman, who spoke in a press conference in his native Ukpor, Nnewi South LGA of Anambra State, further said that Nigerians of the present age give the impression that they are a generation of cowards, imbeciles and spinless jellyfish who cannot defend or protect the nation his generation gave them.
Amaechi warned that posterity would judge the present generation of Nigerians unkindly if they failed to end their complacency towards the running of the country.
“As one of the very few surviving nationalists who fought for the freedom of the country from foreign imperialists rule, as the only Minister of the First Republic alive and about the only link between the founding fathers and the present generation, I feel deeply pained to see what is happening to the nation and will feel doomed if the ugly situation continues.
“There is unimaginable level of uncontrolled and uncontrollable corruption in the country. There is mind-boggling level of massive looting of the wealth of the country.
“Elections are openly rigged and true democracy has fled the country. The judiciary has been intimidated and cowed and it has lost its honour and freedom. Citizens have lost their freedom and security has left the country. The country is ruled without a people’s Constitution but with laws imposed on the nation by military decree.
“The power and wealth of the country are controlled by a cabal from a section of the country to the exclusion of the areas that produce the wealth. The majority of the federation have pleaded and demanded for a conference to rectify the imbalance and return to a free and true federation which the founding fathers established in 1962 but the cabal has treated the demand with crude contempt.”
The nonagenarian added, “This country is being driven to the dangerous precipice. The country is going, going and the people must rise and defend their freedom and democracy.
“Where are the civil rights people? Where are the organised labour; Where are the youths and students; where are the masses of this country?
“Nigerians of this age give the impression that they are a generation of cowards, imbeciles and spinless jelly fish. My generation fought and gave you freedom and unity; if you cannot defend or protect the liberty and nation we gave you, history will judge you most unkindly.
“Nigerians must meet as a matter of urgency to negotiate the basis of this Union. Anybody who opposes such give and take dialogue is the greatest enemy of Nigeria and must bear responsibilities for any unhealthy development.”
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