Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of waging a political battle towards South-South and South-East areas with horribly dangerous roads.
President of IYC, Pereotubo Oweilami made the assertion yesterday and stated, “President Buhari regardless of spending 4 years in authorities continues to be treating some components of the nation under the belt. His insurance policies and programmes aren’t for the advantage of the South-South and the South-East components of the nation.’
“It appears Buhari continues to be ruling this nation alongside voters dichotomy. Only in the near past on Wednesday the 27th of November, 2019, the Federal Govt Council (FEC) accepted the sum of N19b to assemble roads in northern and western components of the Nation.
“Regardless of the deplorable states of the federal roads within the Niger Delta area, none was thought of by FEC. East-West highway, Warri-Benin highway, Benin Asaba highway amongst many others at the moment are dying traps to highway customers.
”In actual fact, motion from Warri to Benin federal freeway has been reduce off because the highway is totally broken. Equally, the East-West highway is now not motorable as some parts of the highway, particularly from Bayelsa to Rivers State axis have been broken.
“Regrettably, these are the one roads that join the Niger Delta to different areas. Even the Minister of Works is paying lip service to our plight as commuters are present process excruciating pains and agonies in plying these roads.
Babatunde Fashola’s reference to the deplorable state of the Warri-Benin highway as a mere media hype is an insult to the Niger Delta individuals.
“If the South-South or the Niger Delta area is a part of Nigeria, then President Buhari, his Minister of Works, Raji Babatunde Fashola, SAN, and different prime authorities functionaries ought to take a go to to the roads within the area from Cross River State all the way down to Edo State and see issues for themselves.
From the way in which and method the current authorities implements its insurance policies and programmes, it seems that Buhari didn’t see Niger Delta area as a part of Nigeria.
‘The East-West road project which was awarded since 2006 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been completely abandoned by Buhari’s authorities. The current authorities has displayed an unmitigated hatred for the Niger Delta individuals, maybe as a consequence of our political leaning up to now elections.
‘Niger Delta individuals can not fold their arms and permit the federal government to make use of the sources from their land to develop different areas, whereas they watch with grimace faces. The current authorities mustn’t by act or omission incite Nigerians towards each other. You can’t declare to be propagating one Nigeria dream when some components of the nation aren’t feeling the dividends of democracy below your watch.
‘The ruling government should have a rethink of its policies and programmes. The President’s actions and physique language are polarising this nation alongside political-cum ethno-religious traces. He must be a uniting issue and never one which retains Nigerians additional divided.
“If Buhari saved on permitting this political apathy and alienations towards Niger Delta individuals to fester, then we’re afraid that the prevailing peace within the oil sector will not be sustained in the long term.
“The indicators are simply there, staring us within the face. Mr President ought to save this nation from one other financial disaster within the oil sector. Nigeria belongs to all of us. All of us have equal rights to growth if we should proceed to dwell as united companions” he asserted.