Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and Chairman of the Committee of Friends who hosted Rotimi Amaechi to a reception at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital has described him as “transformative leader” who transformed Rivers within the seven years he governed the state.
“I know this because I have visited Rivers many times and have seen the work he did. The primary schools in the state are better than some state universities,” he said.
Adding that: “He also transformed the roads, health sector and created jobs, among other things. All these feats make him a transformative leader,” El-Rufai said.
The governor said that Amaechi was constantly strategising for the party, making him an arrowhead in the lead-up to the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
El-Rufai said Amaechi particularly contributed to efforts to increase the collection of the Permanent Voter Cards from 50 per cent to 90 per cent nationally, shortly before the general elections.
He said that Amaechi was worthy of being celebrated because he displayed courage in everything he did and cared about humanity.
“He has no regard for ethnic affiliation; he has no regard for religious affiliation.
“He is a devout Catholic who believes that every human being is entitled to his or her religious beliefs.
“What matters most to Amaechi are fairness, equity and justice and I am happy to call him my friend,” El-Rufa’i said.