BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt –
Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has urged everyone in his political circle to rededicate themselves and restore their commitment to God ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Amaechi, gave the advice while speaking at special thanksgiving service to mark the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court judgement that declared him Governor of Rivers State, held at the Abundant Life Evangelical Mission (ALEM) in Port Harcourt.
The minister said, “The truth is that we believed God. Some who didn’t believe left us just as they are leaving now. God told me that what he will do in Rivers State will tingle the ears, and I believed. We were so broke, we could not pay legal fees or children’s school fees.
“My wife prayed every day and night. I was fasting and praying for 3months. I told God ‘I have a friend who has money, please make him remember me.’ I called my friend and he told me he has been looking for me. I told him I was in Ghana and he asked for my account… He sent me Two hundred million naira. This is just to tell you that I believed God and he answered me.”
He wondered why many of his friends and political associates whom he helped one way or the other have turned on him. But he noted that it is God’s way of creating a vacuum for the youths to take charge.
Amaechi, who is the leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, also advised the youths to be of help to people around them when they are in positions of power.
He said, “We must all go back to God in faith and prayers. Those who want to leave can go. I have come to understand that God passes us through these challenges to prove himself. Now that they have left, for me, this is an opportunity for the youths. It is your turn. You must ensure that we get to power for you to fill the vacuum left.
“I have sometimes asked God, ‘why do you use me to bless people and after blessing them, they run away.’ Count how many people in Rivers State politics today that I did not help somehow.
“I don’t want to take the glory away from God. So for those who left, may God bless them. When you get your own appointment, also put somebody. Allow God to use you and leave the rest all up to him.
“On the 2019 elections, if we don’t pray, 2019 will be very far from us. If we don’t win 2019, it would be your fault, not anybody else’. We go to God because he answers. We pray, then go home and work. Back then, even in my father’s house in the village there was a prayer team.”
During his sermon, General Overseer of ALEM, Apostle Eugene Ogu recalled the travails of Amaechi in 2007, how he cried at the altar and how God used him to make a statement in Rivers State.
Ogu said, “Making a man who did not participate in elections governor is one act of God that cannot be erased in the history of Rivers State. God is in charge of this state that is why the conspiracy of evil ones cannot stand.”