Tope Fasua wrote:

“I have met him twice in open platforms, notably at one of the Osasu Igbinedion gigs around 2018. Rotimi Amaechi is a likeable guy. He shoots straight and is a dependable ally to have on your side in a battle. In one of those gigs, he took on Nigerian youths and proved to them that they were not different from the oldies they condemn.

He assured them that he was once in their shoes – broke, angry, and opinionated. He also pointed out some of the unsuccessful experiments in which youths in government have failed woefully. Amaechi was hard to disprove. He is a truth teller, who fights with all the weapons in his arsenal if and when the need arises.

I saw in him something I had been taught in one of those executive movements at London Business School – ‘Mindful Leadership’. Professor Goffee, author of Why Should Anyone be Led By You?, impressed it on me in 2008 that it is valid, nay very important, for a leader to be comfortable in his skin, to bare it all out often and not act like he dropped from the skies, unblemished.

“A leader must acknowledge and show his own vulnerability, perhaps his humanity, with tact”, he would often say. Amaechi is – unlike many so-called leaders in our sphere – not a fake. He is a proper ‘pitakwa’ guy.

“Anyone who studies and analyses Rotimi Amaechi may be able to draw an inference between the traits I have tried to paint above, and his successes in this lacklustre Buhari administration.

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Whereas some powerful people in this government can only speak about their powerlessness and how they were totally caged for eight years, even as they seek to govern the nation for another eight years, Amaechi is one of the few who could be deemed to have shown some results.

The rail sector reform and tangibles is still – in spite of setbacks the cardinal achievement of this government. Nigerians saw the coming to fruition of the Abuja-Kaduna rail, Lokoja Itakpe, as well as Lagos to Ibadan, with developments being quite advanced along the Kaduna-Kano and a few other routes.

We had become infrastructure deprived as a people and even the enlightened and well-traveled amongst us felt grateful at being able to get on some of those services.”

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