Nigerians are celebrating Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation who turns 56 years old today.
Incidentally, the 27th of May is celebrated anually as Children’s Day.
It is a day set out to acknowledge the promise that children who are the salt of the earth hold in an ever changing world.
So, as Nigerian children join their counterparts all over the world to mark the day recognized by the United Nations in honour of their place in society, Amaechi would be reflecting on the journey of a lifetime.
Although the celebration of Amaechi’s birthday is expected to be low keyed, friends of the Minister are nonetheless rolling out their drums in honour of an eminent politician and technocrat who is distinguishing himself in the service of the nation.
Under the watch of the former Governor of Rivers State who seriously invested in education, health, roads and agriculture during his tenure, Nigeria is witnessing a unique transformation in the development of the rail sector.
While many Nigerians agree that the Rivers born politician is breaking new grounds in driving the ambition of the Buhari administration to diversify the transportation sector, there may still be those who may not completely tow that line.
Yet, no Minister under the current dispensation has thrown in so much energy into executing a mandate accorded to him than the two-time Director General of the President’s Campaign Organization.
In Abuja, Amaechi and his wife, Dame Judith, are celebrating mass about now to thank God for His role in their lives.
Thereafter, a handful of friends and associates would pay visits to their home in Asokoro to rejoice with the Amaechis.
In Rivers State, friends of the Minister who appear to be in high spirits are not expected to gather in Port Harcourt, the State capital as has been the practice over the years.
The Port Harcourt Telegraph has learnt that the decision is not unconnected with the period of national mourning and the danger posed to public health by the Covid-19 virus.
However, some of Amaechi’s supporters would be gathering at the grassroots where the ordinary people who idolize the former two-time Speaker reside to celebrate their icon.
Some, according to what we have learnt, would head for churches nearest to them to pray for the nation, their State and their leader.
Whatever happens, Amaechi would be on the lips of most Rivers people as well as other Nigerians as Wednesday wears on.
Already, the social media is on fire, with many wishing the General of the Commonsense Revolution a happy birthday and many more years of active service to the country.
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