Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said it was wrong for Nigerians to blame the widespread insecurity in the country on the All Progressives Congress-led regime.
Amaechi insisted that it was a misnomer for anybody to claim that banditry was caused by the current administration led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), when, in reality the past leaders should be held responsible for mismanaging the resources of the country.
Amaechi spoke during the opening of the North Central Coordinating Office complex of the Nigerian Shippers Council and visual presentation of the proposed Maritime Resource Centre in Jos, Plateau State.
“The earlier Nigerians begin to take people who can perform, the better. The reason we are doing this project is so that we can reduce banditry and insecurity because if you don’t create jobs, you will not reduce crime.
“The reason there is crime is that the rich men who ran the economy of Nigeria for years mismanaged it. I don’t know why Nigerians like to think that we are the first to be in government.
“Before we came, there were previous governments. If they had run the economy in ways that created jobs, today, we won’t be talking about insecurity and banditry. I usually tell people, if the rich do not allow the poor to sleep, will the poor allow them to sleep? All of us will be awake boxing one another.
“So the project we are inaugurating today is the result of the management of the commonwealth that belongs to all of us and I am delighted that I approved this for the agency that they should do this project here.”