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Train ride with Rotimi Amaechi

By Ikechukwu Amaechi


We started the inspection at 8 a.m. and didn’t return from Ibadan until 9 p.m. It was hectic but an eye-opening adventure. So much work has been done.

On our return trip, I praised Amaechi for job well done. But he insisted all credit must go to President Muhammadu Buhari. He is only an instrument in the hands of the president.

I agree! President Buhari has demonstrated an uncommon passion for the rail projects. If the government carries the work through, it will leave a worthy legacy behind.

But Amaechi’s role cannot be understated. Though in his humility, he wouldn’t like to take any personal credit, I doubt if these astonishing feats, even with President Buhari’s support, could have been achieved without his never-say-die spirit.

I wrote here on July 31, three months before this rail tour, that Amaechi was the poster minister of Buhari’s first term, and “if there were things Buhari could point at as achievements in his first four years in office, they were definitely feats recorded under Amaechi’s watch.” How prescient!

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