Obi criticizes work on Lagos-Calabar Highway amid protests

Obi criticizes work on Lagos-Calabar Highway amid protests

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 poll, has again faulted the construction of the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway and expressed his frustration and disappointment over the “insensitive” demolition of structures for a project. He claimed the demolition was “heart-wrenching” as it would displace many Nigerians who rely on those structures for their livelihood. The governor further stated that while the economic importance of the project remains relevant, several criteria have changed since its inception during Tafewa Balewa’s time.

The former governor, Mr. Obi, believes that the current state of insecurity and poverty in the country makes this project a lower priority. He argues that Nigeria is facing significant economic challenges, and it is essential to prioritise projects that will benefit the masses. Additionally, Mr. Obi emphasised that most Nigerians cannot afford the necessities of life, and many are hungry and struggling to survive.

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In his tweet, Mr. Obi wrote on X that it was time to reevaluate the logic and timing of this and other projects, given the country’s current economic situation, which is the worst it has ever been. He urged the government to focus on projects to alleviate poverty and hunger, improve security, and create jobs for Nigerians. The former governor’s tweets have sparked a debate on social media, with many Nigerians expressing their support for his views.



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