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Leaked Audio: Amaechi’s Statement Was Twisted In The Audio, Says Minister’s Ex-Aide Semenitari

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Mrs Ibim Semenitari, a former aide to the Minister of Transportation to Rotimi Amaechi has responded to the audio recording which was released by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mrs Ibim Semenitari, a former aide to the Minister of Transportation to Rotimi Amaechi has responded to the audio recording which was released by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Phrank Shaibu, the special assistant on public communications and strategy to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar released the tape on Sunday.

Mrs Ibim Semenitari, a former aide to the Minister of Transportation to Rotimi Amaechi

Mrs Ibim Semenitari, a former aide to the Minister of Transportation to Rotimi Amaechi

Amaechi was allegedly heard critizing Buhari’s administration, expressing total despair that Nigeria cannot be saved unless everyone was killed.

Rotimi Amaechi is the Nigeria Minister of Transportation, a former governor of Rivers State and also heading the Campaign Council for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The recording revealed that the Minister did not have confidence in his principal’s administration, being unable to meet the expectations of various segments of the society.

David Iyofor, the Minister’s current spokesman is yet to react as he demanded more time to examine the authenticity of the audio.

However, Mrs Semenitari seems to agree that the voice on the audio is that of his former Principal, Amaechi, but insisted that the DG’s comment may have been twisted.

The former commissioner posted her reaction on her Facebook timeline on Sunday evening.

The reaction reads:

The Amaechi tapes

Let me first make it clear that I am not speaking for the Honourable Minister nor for his media team. He has quite competent hands who can do so.

However, I feel compelled as someone who had sat in at myriads of interviews granted by the Honourable minister both when he was governor and a little while after that to correct what I believe is deliberate twisting of what he had said. First a bit of background to put things in context.

1. Anyone who has sat with Amaechi in private discussions or at a media interview will agree that he has been consistent in expressing the belief that most Nigerians do not hate corruption but simply hate the fact that they are not the ones perpetuating the corruption. This has been his view expressed at different times in press interviews. It is for this reason that he has maintained that only a bloody revolution somewhat like the Rawlings revolution in Ghana will change Nigeria.

2. During the Jonathan era, he had made these comments at various media discussions during which time he had also lamented about the former President’s refusal to listen and take counsel. Media colleagues at these events I am sure will remember. It is for this reason that I am certain the first recording was from one of those parleys.

3. It is possible that the Honourable Minister has also on some occasions spoken about the frugality of the Buhari regime but he did so not in the context of negativity but as a positive indication of a new Nigeria where pain will ultimately translate to gain. Again I say this with the privilege of knowing his governance worldview in this regards.

The reason I have bothered to speak about this is because

1. This is a clear case of cut and paste. Different conversations taken out of context and brought together to create a narrative that is far from the truth.

2. I am saddened by the fact that a purported conversation meant in the first place to be not for reportage and in strict confidence is being peddled. Though I wasn’t present at this so-called meeting but I gleaned this from the supposed comments of the minister in the peddled tape itself.

Like I said, I do not hold brief for the minister not can speak for his media team but I do owe my country, my profession and posterity the truth that I know. Happy new year again and may Nigeria prosper.

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