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Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has accused the Nigerian elites of making billions of naira from insecurity ,describing them as unpatriotic .
Amaechi said this at the inauguration of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure in Nigeria (also called the Deep Blue Project) at the ENL Terminal, Apapa Port, Lagos.
He said ” I want to tell you why I did it. Nigerians are not patriotic, most elites are not. They were making billions of money in insecurity. Anybody who wants to fight insecurity, they will fight the person and I was very determined.
“I am surprised that the MD of Shell read his speech without saying that the oil companies met and promised me a gift if I can survive in this war. This war has sacked two ministers, they were taken to the EFCC and they were sacked.
“This war, under President Obasanjo; they spent between €300 million and €400 million to buy the same equipment we have bought and they have disappeared.
“Until the day you sack me or I leave office, I will make sure that this equipment remain because Nigerians who do business on the water are not good people. Most unpatriotic Nigerians are not good.”
He also claimed that the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo spent between €300 million and €400 million on equipment for fighting insecurity in the maritime sector.
The minister alleged that the equipment purchased is nowhere to be found.
Amaechi said Obasanjo spent up to €400 million on a similar project to fight insecurity in the maritime sector.
But he claimed that the equipment “disappeared”.
The minister said a war was waged against him during the implementation of the project by stakeholders in the industry, but that he was determined to complete the task.
“Just because of this project, three committees were set up against me; one led by the vice-president, one by the minister of defence and another by the EFCC,” he said.
“While they were set up and all of them were cabinet committees; the accusation was this is Amaechi’s contract. Mr. President, I don’t do contract.