It’s not only President Goodluck Jonathan who has made sacrifice for the country, as it’s the season of sacrifice, even his political foe, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, has made his own fair share of sacrifice. President Jonathan and Amaechi were once political buddies, particularly at the inception of President Jonathan’s regime, but they soon fell out over the President’s handling of issues pertaining to Rivers.
That’s from Amaechi’s point of view though. President Jonathan has his own idea of why both of them are in the trenches, why they went their separate ways. But what kind of sacrifice did Amaechi make? The governor spoke at the public presentation of the compilation of his administration’s achievements in Lagos.
The book entitled “Dynamics of Change, The Amaechi Years” is edited by Dr. Chidi Amuta and Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi. The governor said he knew that he would be in trouble if change did not happen and was prepared to make the sacrifices necessary to make it happen and he made the sacrifices.
“I knew I was going to be in trouble. Anything that would cause that change not to take place, I was ready to make that sacrifice. The Federal Government sent out a signal that if they won nobody should let me out of Nigeria from any airport. One day Asiwaju got angry with me. He was very angry. I went to his house with Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and knelt down saying-please let’s not disagree, let’s win first and then we can disagree.”