The Special Adviser to President Mohammad Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had on Friday declared that President Buhari has done more projects than all the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Femi Adesina who made the disclosure in his weekly article titled ‘ My Mercedes Is Bigger Than Yours’, Adesina said the former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled the country from 1999 to 2007; Umaru Musa Yar’adua who was President from 2007 to 2010 and his successor, Goodluck Jonathan all used the Second Niger Bridge project as a campaign promise during the 16-year reign of the PDP.
Femi Adesina in his details of how former Presidents elected under the PDP has deceived Nigerians with the Second Niger Bridge project.
He stated “The things we couldn’t accomplish when we were swimming in petrodollars, we are now daring and making steady progress on, at a season of scarcity. That is what you get when the Captain of a ship has only come to serve, not to feather his own nest”.
Adesina stated through his weekly article that “We can never say too much about the Second Niger Bridge. The existing one was built in 1965 and had become totally inadequate to serve as the artery between the southern and other parts of the country. When it is a festive season like Christmas, come and see how people suffer on the bridge, spending hours on end, sometimes days”.
“And they claimed to have spent billions upon billions of naira on the project. Yet, it remained at the blueprint level.
“The bridge became an object of fake political promises, particularly in the 16 years of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It was like a pie in the sky, which they kept building with their mouths. Whenever elections approached, they would go to the site with hoes, cutlasses, and wheelbarrows, pretending to dig the ground, all to win votes. Whenever the polls were completed, and they had swindled the people of their votes, they disappeared. Till the next election”.
Adesina noted that huge revenue from crude oil and spending billions of naira, the project was at non- existent level until President Muhammadu Buhari came in 2015. He added that the Bridge is now at 48 percent completion stage and will be fully completed in the first quarter of 2022.
Olusegun Obasanjo launched it with much fanfare. That was where it ended. Umaru Yar’Adua did not seem to touch it, maybe he did, maybe he didn’t”.
“Goodluck Jonathan said his middle name was Ebele, making him an indigene of the South East, where the bridge was situated. He said what would he say he did for his people if he couldn’t build the bridge. He spent six years in office, and all he left were the ubiquitous hoes, cutlasses, and wheelbarrows”.
“Enter Muhammadu Buhari.
Adesina said President Buhari without fanfare, without flourish, has set to work. The Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) was set up in 2018 to fast-track the completion of critical infrastructural projects. And at the last count, the Second Niger Bridge was 48% completed, with the sights firmly set on the first quarter of 2022 as completion time”.