Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has incurred the wrath of MASSOB for promising the southeast that the second Niger Bridge will be delivered Reacting to Osinbajo’s pledge, MASSOB stated that the promise is not feasible and instead advised the government to declare an emergency on the roads in the southeast and South-south regions of the country. The group stated that rather than make empty promises on the construction of a second Niger Bridge, the federal government should concentrate on the reconstruction of the bad roads in the two regions.
The position of MASSOB was made known by its national director of information, Sunday Okereafor, in a chat with The Punch. Okereafor said such promise was a mere election campaign aimed at getting Ndigbo to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019. “Rather than making empty promises, the federal government should declare a state of emergency on the roads in the southeast and South-south. It is surprising that major roads in the South-south, where oil is produced, are in deplorable condition,” he said. He advised the people of the southeast not to be deceived by such a promise, recalling that past administrations gave a similar assurance but reneged on it. His words: “The promise is an empty one. What of our roads? Even where they produce oil, the roads there are still bad. From Rivers State to Enugu, from Enugu to Onitsha, the roads are all death traps. “On the second Niger Bridge, former President Olusegun Obasanjo awarded the contract, ex-President (Umaru) Yar’Adua talked about it; former President Jonathan also promised to do it and now, President (Muhammadu) Buhari is promising that his government will construct it. “We are telling Ndigbo not to believe them (FG). It (promise) is only aimed at getting their votes in 2019. The second Niger Bridge cannot work. They should repair the bad roads first.” Osinbajo had, during the governorship campaign of the APC in Onitsha, assured the people of Anambra state that the federal government would construct the second Niger Bridge. Meanwhile, the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has disclosed that the APC was going to concentrate on grassroots empowerment, in order to lift Nigerians out of poverty into wealth. Kachikwu noted that the ruling party would have nothing to sell as a political party, if it could not empower Nigerians. The minister made the comment in Delta state, at a reconciliation meeting for various interest groups within the party.