HURIWA faults Fashola on alleged neglect of South East infrastructure
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has accused Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, of working against the infrastructural development of the South East region.
It applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for promising, during his recent visit to Imo State, to address infrastructure gaps in the region before the end of his tenure in 2023.
In a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, by National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA claimed Fashola announced imminent nationwide road repairs but carefully left out the South East, to make Igbo people think Buhari hates them.
It said: “We invite Mr. President to note that barely a few hours after he made a landmark statement and policy commitment on balancing the infrastructure gaps in the Southeast, the minister left out the region in a huge road repairs initiative, thereby seeking to convince the 60 million Igbo-speaking people of Nigeria that the current President suffers from Igbophobia.”
HURIWA quoted Buhari as reading a speech during his parley with Igbo leaders in Owerri, last Thursday: “The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbo being in charge of either infrastructure or pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, it is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria. The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbo are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.”
Noting that no country can make any meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure, the President expressed regret that successive governments at the federal level contributed to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country.
“I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses. The Igbo stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because they are more enterprising,” Buhari was quoted as saying.