June 22, 2024

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IPOB Rejects to Name the 2nd Niger Bridge After President Muhammadu Buhari

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday disagreed with the Federal Government’s plan to name the ongoing second Niger bridge after the President, Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as ridiculous.

 

Bashir Ahmad, the Presidential aide, shared a video of the 1.6km bridge undergoing construction on Twitter and said the bridge would be named after President Buhari.

 

Ahmad disclosed that the bridge is a major connection between two economically important regions in Nigeria, saying that the President has done so much for the SouthEast region of the country.

 

He also said that the Second Niger Bridge is being constructed to reduce the burden on the Niger Bridge which links Onitsha and Asaba.

 

His tweet reads, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Muhammadu Buhari Bridge (MBB), a 1.6KM Bridge will be a major connection point between two economically vital regions in Nigeria.”

 

A Twitter user responded to the tweet saying that the name of the bridge is the “Second Niger Bridge” and that any other name is unacceptable.

 

Another user opposed the naming of the bridge to the “Muhammadu Buhari bridge,” saying that it wasn’t Buhari who initiated the project, Ahmad responded by saying that the bridge will be named after President Buhari and not Goodluck Jonathan for initiating the plan to build the project.

 

His response reads, “So, can we call it Goodluck Jonathan Bridge for sketching the bridge? The bridge is to be called ‘Muhammadu Buhari Bridge’, read the name again and let it sink in your head.”

 

But the IPOB group isn’t having this decision by the government.

 

In a statement sent by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group spelled out their opposition, saying that they feel sidelined.

 

The statement reads, “We reject naming 2nd Niger Bridge after Buhari”, said its rejection of naming the bridge after President Buhari is because his government sidelined the Igbo”.

 

The Biafra group also alleged that under President Buhari, Igbo Youths have been slaughtered mercilessly by security agents, and terrorists masquerading as herders have invaded the Igbo communities, killing innocent men ad women after destroying their farms and livestock.

 

The Pro-Biafra group also debunked the allegation by Mr.Fashola, saying that the IPOB induced sit-at-home order contributed to the delay of the completion of the second Niger bridge project.

 

The IPOB statement reads, “The attention of the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the laughable plan by the Federal Government of Nigeria to name the second Niger Bridge after President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

“We wish to restate our position on this and reject naming the second Niger bridge after a man who came to power and completely sidelined our people.

 

“Under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, our youths have been slaughtered by security agents with reckless abandon. Under his watch, terrorists masquerading as Fulani herdsmen have invaded our communities, killing innocent men and women after destroying our farms with their cows.

 

“These jihadists have raped our mothers and sisters and spread insecurity across our land. How can a man who supervised all these pains against our people be rewarded with immortalizing his name with a project like the second Niger Bridge which is an important edifice in Igbo land?

 

“IPOB is vehemently opposed to naming the second Niger Bridge after Buhari. The bridge should rather be called  Achuzie bridge or named after other accomplished Igbo patriots. No Igboman has been named after any big project in the North.

 

“Again, we want to debunk the allegation by Babatunde Raji Fashola, that IPOB disturbed the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge. This is another lie from the pit of hell. We want to challenge Fashola to substantiate his claims.

 

“Did IPOB in any way physical or otherwise interfere with the construction of the bridge by either directly or indirectly hindering any worker, foreign or local handling the project?

 

“Fashola should know that we don’t have his time. He should face his job and not dare us. He is just trying to test our patience with his utterances and allegations against IPOB.

 

“South East has more credible names and more important persons who the federal government can name the second Niger bridge after.

 

“We have a galaxy of accomplished Africans who can be named after the bridge, like Chinua Achebe, the writer of THINGS FALL APART; Late Chu Okongwu, the renowned Economist and a simple man of his time; Late Cyprain Ekwensi, the author of African Night Entertainment; Late Dr. Alexander Ekwueme, former Vice President of Nigeria; Late Chief Michael Okpara, former Premier of Eastern Region; Late Dr. Akanu Ibiam, Late Mbonu Ojike, Late Kenneth Dike the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan; Late Professor  Eni Njoku, the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos; Late Dora Akunyili, Late Dee Sam Onunaka Mbakwe; Late Phillips Efiong and the living legend, Chief Mbazuluike Amechi.

 

“All these names mentioned above are eminently qualified to be named after the second Niger Bridge. Second Niger Bridge was awarded in 1979 by Shehu Shagari’s regime and since then, no administration found it worthy to execute it, but IPOB agitation for self-determination pushed this APC administration to reluctantly embark on its construction using the funds past Nigerian politicians looted and stashed away in Europe.

 

“We are aware of the condition given by a certain European country that they will only release stolen funds stashed away in their country if the funds will be channeled towards the construction of the Second Niger Bridge.

 

“This is what compelled the Nigerian government to embark on the Bridge project, not out of love for the Igbo people of Biafra. We reject naming the bridge after Buhari when we have other qualified names.

 

“We equally understand that all these sycophants in Buhari’s administration derive joy in calling IPOB names to deceive Buhari. We are not perturbed because they would end up in shame. We want to let them know that IPOB knows what is good for our people and we must continue going for what is good for our people.

 

“Fashola and his co-travelers should know that if not for IPOB that has ensured security in the South East, the workers of Julius Berger would have run away from the site a long time ago. If the second Niger Bridge is being done in the North, Boko Haram, ISWAP, and the pampered bandits would have chased them away. That shows them that IPOB is a peaceful and non-violent group and South East is more peaceful than the North.

 

“We want to restate that the insecurity in the whole of South East is sponsored by the federal government which  Fashola is an integral part. The Armed Forces know their sponsors and the brains behind the insecurity in the South East region, but they cannot go for them because they are in their party, the APC.”

 

The Second Niger Bridge is almost being completed, at a rate of 90%. According to the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, the bridge will be ready for commissioning by the third quarter of the year.

 

 

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