Says the southeast didn’t benefit from endless loans

The civil rights group, the Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA), criticized the Presidency yesterday for comments that Chinese loans have helped the country build its infrastructure.

HURIWA National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko said in a statement that the southeast has been excluded from so-called projects in which the federal government used huge loans from China.

The group flayed President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime for wasting irrational Chinese loans on irrational projects with no tangible economic returns, including the construction of the Kano-Maradi railway to the Republic of Niger and many other projects in his hometown of Daura in Niger state. Katsina and other areas. in the north.

Recall that presidential spokesman Femi Adesina told Ambassador Cui Jianchun and new deputy chief of mission/ministerial adviser Zhang Yi on Friday that Chinese loans have been very beneficial to Nigeria’s infrastructure development.

Onwubiko said that in the past seven years, the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has embarked on a lending spree and Nigeria’s debt to China has increased from $3.26 billion to September 30, 2020 to $3.59 billion as of September 30, 2021, saying that the figure has moved incrementally in the past year.

Reacting to the comments made by Adesina, Onwubiko said: “Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina’s claim that Chinese loans have greatly contributed 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 national strategic infrastructure successfully executed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the last seven years.

“Take for example the geopolitical area of ​​the southeast where the Enugu-Port Harcourt road is a total mess, the Onitsha to Owerri road is also in a bad state. All the main roads linking the South East and South South are in poor condition.

“Whereas the Buhari regime has lavished Chinese loans on profitless investments in Northern Nigeria and Buhari’s relations in the Republic of Niger. In fact, insecurity in the president’s backyard in the northwest has invaded the Kaduna-Abuja train services. Terrorism has even forced the Nigerian Railway Corporation to cancel all train movements.

“Much like his lopsided appointments with northerners as heads of security agencies, Buhari’s nepotism spread like a tentacle to the distribution of projects across all six of Nigeria’s zones, with the southeast being the most marginalized.

“Nigerians have every major reason to reject Buhari’s APC in next year’s elections. 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 biases should make it to Aso Villa. All Nigerians should enjoy the dividends of democratic governance without being judged on their ethnic affiliation or religious affinity.”

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