South East Never Benefitted From Chinese Loans – HURIWA Replies Presidency

By Adadainfo

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, weekend, countered comments by the Presidency claiming it built infrastructure across Nigeria with Chinese loans.

Emmanuel Onwubiko, national coordinator of HURIWA, said South East is excluded from projects implemented by the federal government through the loans.

Our correspondent reports that presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, Friday, said the Chinese loans helped infrastructural development across Nigeria.

He spoke when he interacted with Ambassador Cui Jianchun and the new deputy chief of Mission/Ministerial Councilor, Zhang Yi.

Onwubiko said, “The claim by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina that Chinese loans have contributed greatly to Nigeria’s infrastructure is substantially false.

“These Chinese loans must have been pocketed by top government officials because there is no evidence of any satisfactorily executed national strategic infrastructures by President Muhammadu Buhari in the last seven years.

“Take for example, the South-East geopolitical zone whereby the Enugu-PH highway is a total shamble, the Onitsha to Owerri highway is also in a bad state. All major highway linking South-East and South-South are in bad state.

“Whereas, the Buhari regime has lavished the Chinese loans on profitless investments in northern Nigeria and Buhari’s relations in Niger Republic.

“In fact, insecurity at the president’s backyard in the North-West has overrun the Kaduna-Abuja train services. Terrorism has even forced the Nigerian Railway Corporation to cancel all train movements.

“Just like his lopsided appointments with northerners as heads of security agencies, Buhari’s nepotism spread like a tentacle to distribution of projects across the six zones in Nigeria with the South East being the most marginalised.

“Nigerians have all major reasons to vote out Buhari’s APC in next year’s election. Inclusion must be a watchword in the next crop of leaders to be elected at the polls in 2023.

“No narrow-minded candidate with parochial and tribal prejudice should make it to Aso Villa.

“All Nigerians should enjoy the dividends of democratic governance without being judged by their ethnic affiliation or religious affinity.”

Adadainfo is an online newspaper reporting Nigerian news. Email: Phone: 08071790941

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