As President Muhammadu Buhari approves N10 billion for the immediate repair and upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, a Counsel to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has given credit to everyone who ‘shook tables’.
Concise News reports that on August 24, 2019, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) closed down the Enugu airport to allow rehabilitation works of the runway.
Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, visited Enugu and after meeting with the governors and stakeholders in South-east, affirmed that the rehabilitation would be completed by Christmas.
Ejimakor had lamented the ‘neglect’ of the airport, and called on ‘Ndigbo’ to send a strong message to Buhari that there will be consequences, sooner or later.
During a courtesy call on the President by a delegation of governors and leaders of the Southeast on Thursday at the State House in Abuja, President Buhari in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said he was aware of the central nature of the airport to the socio-economic development of the Southeast.
He also said he was aware of the infrastructure deficits all over the country occasioned by lack of judicious use of available resources in the past.
Buhari, however said that his administration was working on remedying the situation.
“We’re trying our best to make sure that infrastructure rehabilitation is carried out very quickly.
“I personally firmly believe that if we get infrastructure correct, the roads , rail, power, most Nigerians will mind their businesses, they would not even care who is in government.
“But when you deny them infrastructure, it will be difficult for them to compete and move across the country and regions.” he said
He appealed to the governors to explain this position to their people.
“Please, have the courage to continue explain to your constituencies whenever they feel that there is laxity in government effort to rehabilitate infrastructure.
“We are doing our best within the resources available to the government. The Federal Government is working to fix infrastructure deficit in the country. The challenges are there. It is our responsibility to fix things, we are doing it and we will continue to do our best in this regard,” the President said.
Reacting to the news, legal practitioner, Ejimakor took to Twitter to make another demand from the West African country’s president.
A tweet on his known handle on Thursday reads: “Yes! #10bForEnuguAirport. And taking to Twitter to announce it underscores the sheer power of #ShakingTables to demand what is yours. Bravo to all and sundry, who ‘shook tables’ until Buhari blinked. Now, show me the money and stop messing with #Ndigbo.”
Yes! #10bForEnuguAirport. And taking to Twitter to announce it underscores the sheer power of #ShakingTables to demand what is yours. Bravo to all and sundry, who ‘shook tables’ until Buhari blinked. Now, show me the money and stop messing with #Ndigbo. pic.twitter.com/YtpuUU7uBX
— aloy ejimakor (@AloyEjimakor) October 17, 2019
In the interval, the governors and leaders of South East decried the challenging security situation in the region.