Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo state, has stated that the south-eastern people would be termed as ingrates should they accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of neglecting the region. ayokinews.com reports
The governor stated that only the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration kept its campaign promise to ensure the completion of the second Niger bridge.
On March 8, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, announced to Nigerians that the second Niger bridge will be completed in April.
In an interview with Channels Television on Monday, Uzodinma argued that previous administrations had only given lip service to completing the bridge before Buhari’s administration.
“Today, whether you like it or not, the party to beat is APC. I come from the south-east. Since after the civil war, the only gateway out of the south-east — the entire old eastern Nigeria — was that old river Niger bridge,” he said.
“Government after government came, made promises and paid lip service to the promises. From 1979 to 1983 — the second republic — we were promised the second Niger bridge.”
“From 1999 to 2007, we were promised the second Niger bridge. Until 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari, as I speak to you, has spent over N360 billion.”
“Only last week, I was watching television. I saw the chief of staff to the president, minister of works, minister of labour and productivity inspecting the joining of the bridge for commissioning within the next three months.”
“It would be a thing of ingratitude for anybody to come from that region to talk about President Buhari neglecting the old eastern bloc.”