The former minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said good character is not common on the street and very few have it.
Amaechi who was also a Presidential aspirant during the last All Progressives Congress(APC), presidential primary election, disclosed this today at the 60th birthday thanksgiving service in honour of Hon. Kingsley Wali at the Church of Pentecost (Anglican Communion) Niger Delta Diocese, Rumualogu Mgbuoba Port Harcourt. Rivers state.
The Former Minister said “I want to tell my friend, brother Kingsley Wali one secret I’ve never told you before but I’ve told some friends including my children. You are an intimidation to my success in life and I’ll tell you why.”
“I don’t know whether it was frank Ogor’s wedding, but there was a wedding we were members of the committee of friends and we agreed as friends to contribute money for the bachelor’s eve. I couldn’t contribute because I didn’t have money, but as a young man in his 20s I came to the bachelor’s eve. You refused me to enter, you walked me home and I went home.
“On my way home, I told God I will break the curse of poverty in my family so that when next I become a member of any bachelor’s eve committee I will pay my dues. Kingsley thank you and thank God. Since then I have been paying any commitment that I am called to pay and I’m grateful to God and I’m grateful to you.
“I didn’t fight war to break it, I prayed, because in all things in my life, all things, I didn’t say some, all glory goes to God. After praying, I get one quality I don’t share with many people, Determination; so that’s what you taught me and I thank you.
“Also that your stubbornness, that thing you think is bad, is one of the things that makes you the man you are. It’s one of the things that separates you from others. The last thing that separates you from others which we share together is character. Character is not common on the street, very few of us have character and you have it, please don’t give it up, don’t! I don’t give up my own.
“I wish you were in my campaign, we visited 33 states, in the 33 states, all I heard from everybody was you are an honest man, you are a man of character and you don’t lie. The same as you, because I Know you. You are as blunt as you want to tell the truth and I love you for it. I always tell people, the day God will come, I want him to judge me aright because I want to go to heaven and I’m sure you will make heaven if you keep that character.”
In his speech,, the celebrant, Hon. Kingsley Wali said “I was telling somebody yesterday, she was like I’m supposed to be part of this program one way or the other. She now said she wanted to know a bit about me, and I said there’s nothing special about me that you need to know, that my life is like a book.”
Wali further said, “I’m not a regular person who takes records about my life, but one thing I know is that God has been exceptionally graceful when it comes to things that concerned me.
“I have experienced all emotions, I have lost the most beautiful people in my life, my only sister, my father, my mother, I have lost a child and of course you people know that not too long ago I lost my friend. So what is it that I want to hear again about life? I can only say thank you father.”
“I’m 60 today, not because I’m a wonderful person, it’s the grace of God. I’ve gone terrible feats that some people who are not here today didn’t even go anywhere near but they are not here today not because they decided not to come, But because they are not with us any longer. So you should help me thank God for his mercy.”