Instead of blaming President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Hon Austin Okezie Meregini, a stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the southeast, has urged Igbos to hold their leaders accountable for the region’s developmental backwardness.
Meregini, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, expressed regret that elected political leaders in the region have received large sums of money from the federal government but have failed to meet expectations in terms of the development of the southeast and its people.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the alleged mismanagement of bailout funds and COVID-19 relief materials released to states by the Buhari-led APC Federal Government’s Intervention Fund Programme aimed at mitigating the harsh economic effects posed by the world’s ravaging pandemic, and insisted that Ndigbo must begin to hold their state governors accountable for the vast sums of money they have received.
“Let us not leave out all of the various federal projects in Igbo territory, and simply try to point out those Buhari is undertaking outside our area,” Meregini said. The 2nd Niger Bridge, with its 7.3-kilometer road network connecting the bridge’s terminus to the Owerri road interchange, was awarded in 2018 at an original cost of N206 billion, and the cost is being revised upwards in order for it to be completed next year.
“The upgrade of the Enugu International Airport, the federal housing project in Ebonyi State, the Zik’s mausoleum in Anambra State, the modern NSIA diagnostic centre in Umuahia Abia State, the newly approved federal polytechnic in Ohodo Enugu State, and so on,
The party chieftain further posited, “rather than all these politicised views of Buhari this and Buhari that, we should begin to look inwards to identify the real problems bedeviling Igbo land. It is on record that no state (including Igbo states) under this regime has been denied its monthly allocation for once.
He queried, “How much of these funds and resources have we bothered to find out how they were utilised in Igboland. We should begin to hold these our Igbo state governors responsible for the huge funds they collect from the centre, and not being deceived to shift all the blames to Buhari.”
Continuing, Meregini concluded, “the NNPC board was constituted just yesterday and an Igboman from Imo State was named the board chairman. I guess those who always want to blame Buhari for all Igbo problems will not like to mention this”.
“Enough of this misplaced energy in Igboland. The earlier we start jettisoning this “blame-them” mentality and start facing issues objectively in Igboland the better for all of us. I am hoping that this Nzuko ndigbo will come up with something different, and not throw us to the old path that seeks to blame Buhari for all our problems in Igbo land”.