Rotimi Amaechi, Senators Withheld Ministerial Approval and The Effect Of Political ‘Amaechism’
By Alhassan Dambatta
During the past Jonathan government, Nigerians were boxed into a corner by some groups of hyenas who hijacked the instrument of power and hunted everyone of us, hunted our common resources, refused us the opportunity to complain, remember, at the time we Nigerians were restless, frustrated and dejected by these hyena’s ripping of our flesh, at the time we were in need of a way out, a solution must be provided, we Nigerians thought much about it, we all concluded, we need a lion to send the hyenas parking and we got one in Amaechi.
Amaechi was at the time the only standing army against the gang of oppressors, he was the only one man battalion that return fire for fire to the PDP, he was fearless and courageous, he was ready to sacrifice himself and all he had for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians, and most importantly for the sake of Rivers people who he happened to be their governor during the period.
From Ameachi’s lion heart, we learned to be consistent on our principles and persistent in all our resolves to fight oppression, injustices and to talk against all odd when ever their seems to be indiscretion by some hyenas requiring a lion to keep the guard.
Ameachi in the past stood against the draconian emperor Jonathan, he was against the injustices promoted by his then political party the PDP, he was talking against government barbarism, he told the sitting clueless president Jonathan to keep quite, he fought the claws of injustice and oppression from the hands of ‘mama peace’ the Iron first lady, the second unofficial president of Nigeria, i could remember it was one time reported that Jonathan was afraid of his wife but Ameachi was taming her, he fought the Jonathan wife in Rivers and fought both of them at National level, he was fearless and sacrificing and ready to die for what he believed inn.
I have never for once met RtH Ameachi, i have never met him through anyone, i dont have to meet him for him to become my hero, the Nigerians hero.
In Nigerian politics, we never thought of “AmeachiSM” the concept of a political freedom, championed by one individual, whose name when called scared many out of their senses. AmeachiSM is my coined concept of a political struggle, where an individual can fight a government that sustained injustice and oppression on its people, that individual political fight, that individual political struggle is what is referred to AmeachiSM.
Before the Jonathan government extinction, Ameachi was everywhere, like a caterpillar with a razor teeth, he was determined to uproot the desperadors, their leader Jonathan was already scared, he was afraid of AmeachiSm, he was afraid of Ameachi.
Ameachi fought for all Nigerians irrespective of their political and religious affiliations, he was always in northern Nigeria to visit us, Ameachi is never Ikwerre man, he is a northerner from the south, a distinction that made him more Nigerian than Jonathan.
AmeachiSM is about standing up when you are sitting down, is about moving when you are standing, is about shouting when everyone else’s mouth is closed, is about choosing to die when everyone else wanted longer life, is about becoming Ameachi when there is any need for AmeachiSM.
After the struggle of this hero, after giving all to make Nigeria a better place, the past caval are still at work, you know they planted their boot lickers at the senate and house of Reps, they now want to use them to scuffle Ameachi’s chance of becoming a minister of the republic, they want to destroy our chance of having a super minister, it is now our struggle to stop them, it is now the time for our Ameachism.
They want to play politics with our best minister, we dont know if whether they want to also put him in a car boot like the senate president before they confirm him, the constitution insisted on them to only confirm the forwarded names of the nominated ministers by the president not to screen them in any form, but in Nigeria the game is always different, the game always requires an act of Ameachism for emancipation.
The effect of Ameachism is very deep, they are now afraid and careful, they dont want to wake the Ameachism in the president, they have since confirm 2/3 of the ministers, we are all waiting for our super minister to be confirm, we are waiting for our Ameachi to be minister.
Comrade,Alhassan Haruna Dambatta.