Olalekan Adetayo and Okechukwu Nnodim
Some irate Nigerians on Friday attacked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in Spain.
He was attacked at an event on climate change held in Madrid, Spain.
A source close to the former Rivers State Governor told one of our correspondents that Amaechi’s attackers were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra based in Spain.
The minister disclosed the development himself on his Twitter handle, @ChibuikeAmaechi. But he did not state that his attackers were IPOB members nor disclose who they were.
Amaechi however said Spanish policemen succeeded in stopping his attackers before they could hurt him.
The minister wrote, “Some minutes ago, I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on national assignment at a climate change event in Madrid, Spain.
“They were quickly repelled by the Spanish police before they could do any harm.
“I am fine. I was not hurt. Thanks for your support and prayers.”
Amaechi’s tweet was greeted with mixed reactions from his followers, as some sympathized with him, while others criticized the minister.
Sanmi John, said, “We didn’t support, neither are we praying for you. This is the pitiable condition you and your party have turned this country to. We shall overcome!”
Bankole Abe asked, “What are you doing in a climate change event? Are you the Minister of Environment? Abeg pack well (sic).”
But Peterclaver said, “Are they angry that he is developing the railway service in the country? Will that not impact on the poor masses when completed?”
Also, Promise Israel, said, “As long as Nigeria is being ruled like a place without the rule of law, this will continue to happen.”
The immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Enweremadu, in August confirmed a similar assault on him by some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Nuremberg, Germany.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a Nigerian politician who served as the fifth Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015 and serves currently as the Nigerian Minister for Transportation. He was re-elected for a second term on 26 April 2011.
Born: 27 May 1965 (age 54 years), Ikwerre
Spouse: Judith Amaechi (m. 1993)
Education: University of Port Harcourt
Previous office: Governor of Rivers State (2007–2015)
Children: Chimkamkpa Amaechi, Obinna Amaechi, Lemchi Amaechi
Parents: Elder Fidelis Amaechi, Mary Amaechi