The audio tape of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi where he allegedly faulted Buhari’s government as released by Reno Omokiri who happened to be the head of campaign team of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has since been trending on social media since yesterday.
The content of the audio was alleged to be the voice of Rotimi Amaechi faulting Buhari’s “I don’t care” attitude towards the welfare of Nigerians.
Mr Amaechi is a key political ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and the director-general of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation.
But the tapes, which were made available to PREMIUM TIMES by Phrank Shaibu, the special assistant on public communication to the PDP candidate, are now portraying the minister as lacking confidence in the product (Mr Buhari) he was appointed to market.
The clips, Mr Shaibu said, were made out of an informal interaction Mr Amaechi had with journalists covering his ministry.
The transcript of one of the two tapes read, “This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change is if everybody is killed. This country is going nowhere, I swear.
“Even if you divide the country into 10, it will still not change. I’m not joking o. When Magnus (Abe) was my SSG, I told him that this country is hopeless and helpless.
“He said ‘Oga, stop it now. Coming from a governor, don’t be saying that. But two months in Abuja, Magnus said this country is hopeless and helpless. I said ‘why?’ He said, you are right, the only thing they do in Abuja is share money, they don’t work.”
The second tape said, “The president does not listen to anybody. He doesn’t care. You can write what you want to write. The president doesn’t care. Does he read? He will read, he will laugh. He will say ‘come, come and see, they are abusing me here’.
“In fact, there was one case of somebody in Onitsha, a trader in Onitsha who couldn’t sell his goats during Sallah. And I was with Oga on the plane and the man was busy abusing Buhari. He said, ‘Amaechi, come, what is my business with Onitsha goat seller?’”
PREMIUM TIMES has not independently verified the authenticity of the tape.
When contacted, David Iyofor, the spokesperson for Mr Amaechi, said the minister’s team was still reviewing the recording and needed more time to do so before commenting on the matter.
Meanwhile, Mr Shaibu said the leaked tape has shown that even the president’s appointees lacked confidence in his ability to tranform the country.
He said, “The President should just quit honourably instead of wasting tax payers monies on a failed reelection bid.
“The truth is that, the other day, the President confessed that the economy had collapsed under his watch.
BOMBSHELL: LISTEN and SHARE Part 2 #AmaechiTapes. Rotimi @ChibuikeAmaechi, DG of @MBuhari’s campaign said “This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change is in a situation where everybody is killed. This country is going nowhere.” LISTEN and RETWEET pic.twitter.com/6t01BgqiHD
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 6, 2019