Many parts of Enugu metropolis were on Monday shut down as supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari poured out into major roads to celebrate the President’s return.
Buhari returned to Nigeria on Saturday after 103 days of medical sojourn in London.
Hundreds of his supporters led by the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the National Vice Chairman, South-East, of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Emma Eneukwu, the Enugu State APC Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, among others took off at the Enugu State office of the Buhari Support Organization, BSO.
They declared that the rally was an avenue for Buhari’s supporters in the State to thank God for healing him and for shaming those who already declared the President dead.
In a speech by Chief Anike Nwoga and Barrister Godwin Onwusi, the Chairman and the Secretary, BSO Enugu State, they said Buhari’s supporters in Enugu were in prayers with him as they welcome him back “to continue as a matter of urgent national importance the good works of fixing our physical and social deficit infrastructure – electricity, roads, railways, education, health etc.”
They further stated that “to this end, we implore you to appeal to the National Assembly to immediately approve the $29.9 billion foreign loans and more to get Nigeria out of recession and back to work. For it insults our imagination that our Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members who were able to table 33 items of amendment of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in one day and pass almost all in one day, are taking over one year to approve all the foreign loans?
“Mr President, in the midst of the plunge in oil revenue, and the truism that oil prices may not rise soon; it is BSO’s considered view that more loans be obtained to quickly diversify our economy and provide the economic security you mentioned in your today’s speech.
“We are making this request because it is better to harvest your uncommon acceptability by the international community to secure more loans. There is no doubt that the international admire your integrity quotient. More loans will not only exit us from recession, but will enable you to add more mega watts of electricity, reverse the archaic idea of revamping the old gauge rail lines, instead of modern standard gauge, and expansion of the Kebbi/Lagos States Rice revolution in other states according to their comparative crop advantage.
“Mr President, you can imagine millions you will put to work, if additional $20 billion loan is added and the coastal, the Lagos-Kano, Port Harcourt-Maiduguri modern standard rail lines, Mambilla Hydro-power plant, Enugu Coal to Power, East-West, 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Enugu-Onitsha and other federal roads and the most importantly agrarian revolution takes off?
“We also humbly request Mr President, that all outstanding federal boards and other appointments be dished out with immediate effect; as both the Holy Bible and the Holy Koran prescribe that those who work in the vineyard should eat from the vineyard.
“This no doubt will provide shared prosperity and happiness to the greatest number of Nigerian families. This is the best way to reinforce hope of the citizens, cement the national consensus that it better to live together than to live apart, contain Boko Haram, Kidnappers, Herdsmen-Farmers clashes and other criminal elements and provide the peace and security of our dream. Time is of essence Your Excellency.”