Nigerians too timid for revolution - Amaechi

By The Citizen

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has ruled out the possibility of having a violent revolution in the country.

Amaechi spoke in Ekiti State on Saturday at the second Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders.

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Prof. Pat Utomi, Chief Executive Officer of Sahara Group, Mr. Tonye Cole, and representative of Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, among others, attended the symposium, organised by The Future Project.

Amaechi said many Nigerians had become used to suffering rather than pushing for a change.

According to him, Nigeria has experienced worse situations than what led to revolution in some other countries.

Amaechi said he was sure that those who gathered to protest against the removal of oil subsidy in January 2012 would flee immediately the President drafted soldiers to the Freedom Park in Lagos and other states to quell the uprising.

He said, 'Yes, revolution can happen outside Nigeria. But here, I do not think so. Tell me what happened in Sudan, Libya, Zimbabwe and other countries that have not happened here. Our elasticity has no limit. You do not pray for electricity to be regular but you know that some Nigerians pray 'God, let the light be stable today.'  We pray without working to solve our problems and we think God will do what we are supposed to do for us.'

Noting that courage was required to make any change, he said those who were truly seeking a change would never be afraid of guns.

The governor, however, said he was not in support of the call for the disintegration of the country, saying there were many advantages in being together.