Image: Former Governor of Rivers’ State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi
The All Progressive Youth Forum (APYF) commends the strides and performance of the Ministerial nominees sent in by President Muhammadu Buhari. The caliber of the nominees was further proven by their show of exceptional understanding of Nigeria – her issues, and the solutions to her problems.
The Forum also wishes to commend the Senate president and his colleagues for displaying a level of maturity and patriotism in the conduct of the confirmation hearings so far.
However, it is of great concern to the us that the confirmation hearing of one the most dedicated public servants in the last dispensation, the erudite Director General of our presidential campaign and former Governor of Rivers’ State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, is beginning to take a new twist due to unnecessary and prolonged postponements on the basis of the absence of a report from the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Sen. Samuel Anyanwu.
While acknowledging the constitutional right and independence of the parliament to conduct such hearings uninterrupted by anyone or anything, it behooves on us to call on them to do so without recourse to personal vendetta or partisan obstructionism.
Rt. Hon. Amaechi is a great Nigerian leader. He has served the nation, his state, his people and his party – the APC – with all of his being and resources.
He is a rare icon, a tough and unwavering champion of the Change Movement and we support his nomination.
Political differences and partisan brinksmanship are normal in every society’s polity; nonetheless, they must be set aside when making decisions in the best interest of a nation.
The moment we upgrade these differences to the fore in processes that affect national interest, then we will likely truncate the foundation of a functioning government, the very essence of us all occupying our respective positions in the polity.
In support of a New Nigerian foundation being laid upon by President Buhari, we look forward to Tuesday for the expeditious hearing of Mr. Amaechi and his beckoning to serve, once again, his fatherland.
Barr. Ismaeel Ahmed
Chairman, APC Youth Forum (APYF)