The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday declared that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been fair to the South-East more than former President Goodluck Jonathan whom the Igbo overwhelmingly voted for in the 2015 presidential election.
Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, described as unfair the allegation of neglect of South- East by Buhari.
He said Buhari has done better for the zone in terms of the provision of infrastructural facilities than Jonathan. Amaechi, who spoke as the Guest Speaker at the 1st annual lecture organised by CKN News, cited the ongoing reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Enugu road and the Enugu-Onitsha road as some of the landmark achievements of the administration. He said in spite of the support the Igbo gave the former President, there was nothing to show for it.
This was even as the minister insisted that Buhari did not promise to resolve all the challenges facing the country, but to address all the critical problems including corruption, insecurity and economy.
He said: “Somebody warned me not to speak about the former president, but I will speak.
The entire South-East supported former President Jonathan, but what did he do for you? Nothing! And that exactly is my problem. Now go back to your own state, we are currently fixing Port Harcourt-Enugu Road which is the most important road to the Igbo.
The next important road to the Igbo is Enugu-Onitsha road and Buhari is fixing it. “So who is better between the two? Is it the last man you people were dancing with at the Onitsha bridge who promised you people these roads, but never put up a stone or the man who never talked at all, who never promised you these roads and yet is giving you?
“The second thing we look at is the Second Niger Bridge. They introduced the Second Niger Bridge without design, but when Fashola took over, we did the design and we have started work. The National Assembly said we should use the PPP, but the President said no problem, while we are on the site, let those private investors join us when they bring in money.”
Amaechi said the problem of the present administration is not that the government is not working, but that it is not talking. He said the idea of cessation is impossibility, saying the people behind the cries are those the ruling party chased out of government. Earlier in his welcome address, the Editor-in- Chief of CKN News, Mr. Chris Kehinde Nwandu, said the importance of the lecture was to review the contributions of the social media to national development.