Under Jonathan, even those without a carpentry shop became billionaires – Amaechi

John Ogunsemore
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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that many emergency billionaires emerged under the Goodluck Jonathan administration because of unbridled corruption.

He stated this while praising the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s strides in the fight against corruption in the country.

According to him, the successes recorded by the current administration in the fight against corruption was one of the many legacies that it would bequeath to the next.

He identified the other legacies as railways, roads, among others.

Amaechi said that while corrupt enrichment under the Buhari administration was not totally impossible, it was not as commonplace as witnessed under the previous administration.

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“We are leaving quite a lot. When I talk to people, they mention railway, but I tell them to study the government to know that we have more than the railways.

“The first legacy, as a former chairman of the Governors Forum, I want Nigerians to be honest; can you openly take money in this government?

“I am not saying whether we are corrupt or not. Let us assume we are corrupt, can you openly take money in this government? In the past governments, what happened? You can take money in the streets. Corruption was so pervasive that nobody was talking about it. It was not hidden that people completely and openly displayed their wealth.

“Most of those who did that had nothing to do to show for it. They did not have a carpentry shop, but they were billionaires. They did not hide it; but here, if you are stealing, it is done quietly. I am not saying it is good, it is a sin punishable.

“In the previous government you could steal and you won’t be caught. If you were caught, there won’t be consequences. But in this government, if you steal there are consequences,” Amaechi told Daily Trust.

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