An Igbo pressure group, the Movement for the Actualization of South-East Presidency (MASEP) has promised to work for the return of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The group said it is convinced that the best realistic chance for the Igbo to produce the President of the country is 2023 at the expiration of a second term in office of President Buhari in 2019
At a press conference in Abuja recently, the president, Movement for the Actualization of South-East Presidency (MASEP), Humphrey Onyima said Buhari has done well and should be supported by well-meaning Igbo sons and daughters for another stint on the plum seat.
“Our main reason is to get the north to see out her tenure and let the South-East take the lead in 2023. Thus, a Buhari presidency would guarantee that of the South-East come 2023,” he said, noting that the construction of the Second Niger Bridge by the President Buhari administration is one democratic dividend the South-East geo-political zone would not forget in a hurry.
Onyima also said “The construction of the three-phase Second Niger Bridge is on course. The bridge will by-pass Onitsha and Asaba to connect to the Owerri-Onitsha expressway at Nkwerre-Ezunaka and, then, cross Atani to the Asaba-Benin Expressway at Okpanam, with a total length of 44 kilometres.
“To the credit of this government, between June 2015 and July 2017, it has earned $58billion in oil revenue, according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.
“While we would refrain from making comparisons, it is imperative to point out that the payment of contractor liabilities running into trillions (of naira) is ongoing, Boko Haram is being given the desired attention, massive development of rail transportation is ongoing, the age-long clashes between herdsmen and farmers are being addressed by the government, amongst others.
“Power generation is on the rise, as more power plants are coming on stream. The Azura Power Plant in Edo is a great example. Work has started on the Mambilla 3,050 megawatt hydro-electric dam abandoned for the past 35 years, while the stalled Zungeru 700MW hydro-electric power project is due for completion in 2019. The transmission and other requirements to operate the 30MW Gurara Phase 1 hydroelectric plant, the 40MW Kashimbilla hydro-electric plant and the 215MW Kaduna Gas/LPG/Diesel power plants will all be completed before 2019.
“This government has set a target of ending fuel importation by 2019. Licenses have been issued to 10 modular refineries with a refining capacity of 30,000 barrels per day and total refining capacity of 300,000. The pre-fabricated part of Amakpe modular refinery in Akwa Ibom has been containerised and is being shipped to Nigeria,” Onyima said on behalf of the group.
MASEP said with the likes of Igbo leaders as Orji Uzor Kalu, Rochas Okorocha, and Ken Nnamani among others, the Igbo ethnic nationality is ready to contribute its quota to the development of the Nigerian State.
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