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I know politicians who have suddenly turned billionaires – Amaechi



A former transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, said that Nigeria is a country without consequences, adding that citizens and voters did not consider politicians and leaders responsible for their actions and policies.

Amaechi said he knew politicians who suddenly became billionaires a few months after assuming political positions.

Amaechi, who is also a former governor of Rivers State, said this during a panel session at the fifth Symposium of Nigeria for young and emerging leaders held in Lagos on Friday.

Speaking of ineffective policies and extreme poverty, Amaechi explained that the country’s wealth was in the hands of a few influential people and asked politicians to invest in infrastructure to create jobs and reduce crime.

“I know politicians who have suddenly become billionaires, and this is the money that should have been used to build roads and provide amenities that could have been used to improve the lives of citizens. Our politicians have to be clear on how they intend to lift people out of poverty,” he said.

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Also commenting on citizen participation, a former presidential candidate, KOWA, Professor Remi Shonaiya, added,“We have to educate ourselves in order to become more active, and we have to begin to consider the greater good in our decisions.

“Most of us don’t care about what is happening in the House of Assembly, we are much more concerned about ourselves. The focus has to be on the people, not the government. But we as the people also have to make sure that we hold our leaders accountable to us. There’s too much personal style in the way we practice politics in the country,” said Professor Shonaiya.