AWKA—Former Press Secretary to the Head of State during the military regime of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Utokoneze of Achalla Kingdom, Anambra State, Igwe Alex Nwokedi, has challenged the Federal Government to fix public utilities in the South East of the country and see if it would not get the best of Igbo people.
He made this challenge during an exclusive interview with Vanguard, shortly after landing in Lagos, yesterday. He said those who said the marginalisation of Igbo land was not a fact were only pretending, adding that Igbo people would think well of Nigeria and as Nigerians the moment they begin to see that they are given equal share of development.
The monarch, who is also a former Chairman, Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a move toward bringing development to the South East, intervene by ensuring that local government elections are held in Anambra and other states of the South East because, according to him, the best way to develop any nation is to start development from the grassroots. “We want to say that infrastructure in South East is very poor. Enugu-Awka-Onitsha road is now a death trap,” he said. It is a disgrace to call it an expressway where now drive and have your back aching. Most important thing now is to ensure that public utilities are fixed. “Abolition of toll gate was a big mistake. It should be reintroduced and not only to be reintroduced but also to build new roads and maintain existing roads from the money realised from it. We are therefore challenging the Federal Government to show its presence in the South East area and see whether there won’t be peace. All of us in Igbo Land have no option than to support the government of Buhari to succeed. It is in our interest to do so,” he said.