HURIWA criticizes FG for remark on Chinese loans — Nigeria — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
Said the southeast ain’t got endless loans
Yesterday, the civil rights group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), slammed the presidency for comments that Chinese loans have helped the country build its infrastructure.
HURIWA’s national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said in a statement that the Southeast has been excluded from the so-called projects for which the federal government has used China’s huge loans.
The group has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime for splurging on irrational Chinese loans on irrational projects without tangible economic returns, including the construction of the Kano-Maradi railway to the Republic of Niger and many other projects. in his hometown – Daura in Katsina State and other regions. in the north.
Recall that Presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina told Ambassador Cui Jianchun and new Deputy Chief of Mission/Ministerial Advisor Zhang Yi on Friday that Chinese loans have been very beneficial for Nigeria’s infrastructure development.
Onwubiko said that over the past seven years, the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has gone on a borrowing spree, with Nigeria’s debt to China rising from $3.26 billion as of September 30. 2020 to $3.59 billion as of September 30, 2021, saying the figure has evolved gradually over the past year.
Reacting to Adesina’s comments, Onwubiko said, “Presidential Spokesperson Femi Adesina’s assertion that Chinese loans have contributed greatly to Nigeria’s infrastructure is substantially false. These Chinese loans must have been pocketed by senior government officials as there is no evidence of national strategic infrastructure satisfactorily executed by President Muhammadu Buhari over the past seven years.
“Take, for example, the South East geopolitical area where the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway is a total disaster, the Onitsha-Owerri highway is also in poor condition. All major highways linking the South East and South -South are in poor condition.
“Considering that the Buhari regime has lavished the Chinese loans to non-profit investments in Northern Nigeria and to Buhari’s relations in the Republic of Niger. In fact, insecurity in the president’s backyard in the northwest has plagued the Kaduna-Abuja rail services. Terrorism has even forced the Nigerian Railway Corporation to cancel all train movements.
“Like his lopsided appointments with northerners heading security agencies, Buhari’s nepotism has spread like a tentacle to the distribution of projects across Nigeria’s six zones, with the southeast being the most marginalized.
“Nigerians have every major reason to vote against Buhari’s APC in next year’s elections. Inclusion must be a watchword in the next generation of leaders to be elected at the polls in 2023. None narrow-minded candidate with parochial and tribal biases should only go to Aso Villa.All Nigerians should enjoy the dividends of democratic governance without being judged on their ethnicity or religious affinity.”