Lagos- Calabar Coastal Project: How Peter Obi Is inciting Igbos against Tinubu’s govt – Umahi | Read More


Lagos- Calabar Coastal Project: How Peter Obi Is inciting Igbos against Tinubu’s govt – Umahi | Read More

The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has accused the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi of inciting the Igbos, especially those who are not well informed, against the Tinubu led government.

He made the statement on Wednesday while speaking during an event to compensate property owners affected by the Lagos- Calabar coastal road project.

The exercise was organized by the Federal Ministry of Work.
The 700-kilometre coastal highway has been enmeshed in controversy following the demolition of Landmark Beach Resort, valued at $200 million, to create a right of way for the project which is estimated to cost the federal government N15 trillion.

Recall that Obi condemned the federal government prioritising the road project whereas there are more pressing challenges in the country like unemployment, insecurity, Poverty, among others.

He had posted on his X handle on Tuesday;
“The outcry against this project has been overwhelming due to the current situation in the country. However, reports as of yesterday indicate that demolition of businesses and residences in the designated right of way for the project has commenced from the Lagos end.

“The sight of this insensitive demolition is heart-wrenching. Livelihoods are being wiped away, lifetime investments are being wasted, and jobs are disappearing as bulldozers roar through. The homes of the elderly are being overturned by the power of bulldozers.
“This hasty flag-off defies the widespread outcry by the public, especially business and property owners directly affected by the project. Nobody knows the outcry that will accompany this project as it progresses towards poor rural landscapes.
“Thousands of jobs are about to be lost, with investments above $200 million at risk. Over 100,000 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector face imminent extinction, along with 80 small businesses and their 4000 mostly youth employees.”
However, Umahi insisted there was no inhumanity meted to Landmark and that the matter should be buried because he was actively involved.
Umahi said;
“It brings to some of the comments made by my brother, his Excellency Mr Peter Obi, I am not supposed to comment about it because some people have already done the work. And I know what Arise Television brought courtesy of Channels Television, they were bringing similar scenarios when His Excellency Peter Obi was the governor. He made a statement saying ”Any infrastructure that stands in the way of the road must go. And there would be no compensation paid.” That’s what he said.
“But look at me, by the human face of the renewed hope agenda administration, we are even paying for people who are illegally staying on the coastal line, and don’t have valid infrastructure and valid documents. That is mercy, that’s mercy… You know some people darken counsel without knowledge. You know there’s the devil in the details.
“When you condemn people, you bring judgment upon yourself. And that is what he (Obi) has done. And I think he’s inciting some of the south east people that are not well informed. He is inciting them. And gets them into trouble. And he doesn’t go to fight for them. Wisdom is a defence. And I want our people to have wisdom because I am involved.
“There’s is no inhumanity meted to Landmark, that matters should be buried because I was there. And so we fought everything possible. Even some people donated property to save his two big infrastructures. That’s appreciation. But some people have taken sides along with him to play politics.