- More pressure was put on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi
- Families on the Abuja-Kaduna bound train were attacked by Alleged bandits criticized him for his nonchalant attitude in handling the matter
- They insisted that all train activities on the Abuja-Kaduna line should be suspended until the victims are rescued< /strong>
FCT, Abuja – Injured families of 70 passengers killed by suspected bandits in an attack on the Abuja- Kaduna Zug called for the dismissal of Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi on Monday, March 28.
The Guardian newspaper reports that the families made the call during a briefing with members of the press in Abuja, the nation’s capital, with families chanting “Amaechi must go” id
The victims’ families also criticized the minister for his campaign antics and said he should work on strategies to rescue the victims.
The from Dr. Abdulfatai Jimoh and Dr. Families headed by Ba’abba Muhammad told the media that the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) should be appropriately punished for its failure to implement the Presidential Directive to open a situation room to keep track of the detainees.
“We are the families of the kidnapped passengers of NRC train AK9 Abuja-Kaduna attacked on March 28, 2022. Today is the 42nd day that our loved ones have been held hostage.
“It’s been practically 42 long days of living in fear no sleep, no bath, wearing the same clothes, under exposed to scorching sun and rain and extreme environmental hazards.
“The emotional, psychological, mental and physical anguish resulting from these conditions can only be imagined.”
The families who died in the Certain appeals to the federal government revealed that among the hijacked passengers are children, some as young as three years old, pregnant women, and other women, including an 85-year-old great-grandmother.
“Some of these victims have health conditions that require daily medications that they have not had access to for the past 42 harrowing days.
“We read on the news, that one of the two pregnant women in captivity gave birth to her baby in the forest. Birth should be a moment of joy. How would it have been if this woman had delivered her baby in the coziness of a maternity ward? In whose hands, where is this baby’s birthplace – the forest?”
Presidency 2023: Credible candidate critical to APC’s odds, says Amaechi
In another development, Rotimi Amaechi has warned APC delegates to beware of unqualified candidates ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
The transport minister said the credibility of the elected Party candidates will play a crucial role in APC staying in power.
However, he turned against the opposition PDP party, saying they lack good presidential candidates.