2023: Amaechi under fire for declaring for presidency days after terrorists killed, kidnapped train passengers.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has criticized Transportation Minister Chibuike Amaechi’s announcement to run for President.
HURIWA questioned who encouraged the minister to make such a choice while the country was still grieving the unfortunate train passengers slain by terrorists on their route from Abuja in Kaduna.
The group also reminded the minister that over 200 people had still to be accounted for while he was busy planning an extravagant political ritual to declare his decision to run for president.
“To put it lightly, this is disgraceful and callous,” HURIWA stated in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and made available to Tgpbaze on Sunday.
Amaechi’s announcement was made at an inopportune time, according to the human rights advocacy group.
Former All Progressives Congress national chairman Adams Osiomhole, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Senator Ali Ndume, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, and Idris Wase were among those who saw Amaechi’s announcement.
“The minister did not express enough regret regarding the tremendous official carelessness that resulted in the murder of dozens of railway passengers,” HURIWA added, “just as it amounted to dancing on the graves of those innocent souls slaughtered by North-West terrorists.”
“It was wrong for the Transportation Minister to be seen using public facilities to dance around and then announce that he will run for president even when over 200 train passengers are at risk of being killed by terrorists who took them off the publicly owned train to the forests only because the Federal Government has abdicated her constitutional duty of protecting citizens’ lives and property.”