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Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by NewFolm4(m): 12:00am On Feb 18
This year, the long wait for Godot will come to an end.

The second bridge over the River Niger will be commissioned, and put to use. And what a dream come true it would be.

Last December, a friend had traveled from Lagos to the South East for the Christmas holidays. When he had spent six hours on the River Niger bridge, a journey which should take less than five minutes, since the bridge is only 1.6km long, he called me in frustration. He was almost bursting a blood vessel.

I consoled and comforted him, and added for good effect: “This is the last time you and other travellers would be stranded on that bridge. By next Christmas, there would be two bridges in operation, and it would be a jolly good ride.”

He said a resounding amen, and went off the line. What trauma and travails users of the River Niger bridge have passed through. Built in 1965, the artery between the South East, South South and the rest of the country has become grossly inadequate, and a torture to navigate at peak seasons. There was a year travellers even spent the night on the bridge.

There is a long history to the building of a second bridge over the River Niger, and it had over the years become a tool of false promises, lies and propaganda. When politicians want the votes of South Easterners as elections approach, they go and offload shovels, pick axes, wheelbarrows, cutlasses and others at the site, as if that is what is required to build a bridge of that magnitude. After they’ve got the votes, they come to remove their miserable implements. Goodbye basket, I’ve carried all my apples. The Peoples Democratic Party did it for 16 years, building the bridge with their mouths.

The first recollection was during the campaign for the 1979 presidential election. Candidate of the National Party of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, went to the South East, and promised a Second Niger bridge. That was all it was. A promise, though the NPN government lasted from 1979 to 1983.

Then came the military regimes headed by Muhammadu Buhari, which lasted only 20 months, that of Ibrahim Babangida, which endured for eight years, Ernest Shonekan-led Interim National Government, 84 days, Sani Abacha, five years, and Abdulsalami Abubakar, 11 months. Nothing was heard about the bridge.

Under Babangida, an alarm was raised about the deteriorating condition of the bridge. Ever the master of artifice and sleight of hand, the then military president challenged Nigerian engineers to design a new bridge. They did! End of story.

Then came Olusegun Obasanjo, a former military head of state, as civilian President. He promised to build the bridge. It didn’t happen in eight years.

About five days before he left office, Obasanjo flagged off the project, to cost N58.6 billion, and handed it to his successor, Umaru Yar’Adua. No action in the three years that the administration lasted. Understandably so, for Yar’Adua was infirm.

Then came Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who even at a point added Azikiwe to his name. He promised Heaven on earth, saying he was a South easterner, and he would build the bridge. During a Town Hall meeting on August 30, 2012, in the region, he said what would he claim he had done for his Igbo brethren, if he didn’t build the bridge.

Later, Azikiwe disappeared from Jonathan’s name, and the Second Niger bridge disappeared with it. All that happened in the about six years that the administration lasted was a Federal Executive Council approval for final planning and design of the bridge. All motion, no movement.

And then came the man from Daura, a Fulani, with no affinity with the South East. He didn’t make promises, he didn’t boast. He just went to work quietly.

From September 1, 2018, without fanfare or swashbuckling, action started on the Second Niger bridge. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister for Works and Housing, was the chief executioner. Doggedly, he and his principal set to work. And here we are today. What has defeated many military and civilian administrations is now reality in our country.

I will never forget the day I traveled to Onitsha for a private event. I was on the same flight from Lagos to Onitsha with His Royal Majesty, the Obi of Onitsha. When we alighted, and were walking towards the arrival hall of the airport, I went to pay my courtesies to the distinguished monarch.

He greeted me warmly, asked after President Buhari, and told me to pass his appreciation for the work being done on the Second Niger bridge.

“Every time I drive on the old bridge, and I look to my side, seeing the new upcoming one, joy wells in my heart,” the Obi said.

And that is the thing to do. We must appreciate the ramrod straight man from Daura for succeeding where many other leaders before him had failed. Where there is a will, there is a way.

President Buhari has taken up many major infrastructure works, most of which would be due for commissioning before he exits next year May. Roads, rail, airports, bridges, many others. If only for the Second Niger bridge, Nigerians will never forget Muhammadu Buhari. But then, you can add Loko-Oweto bridge, Bodo-Bonny road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Abuja to Kaduna and Kano, AKK Pipelines, rail network across the country, and many others. Surely, this country will always remember Muhammadu Buhari for good, no matter how revisionists have tried to shroud the successes with only talk of insecurity ravaging the country. While the security challenges are being met frontally, infrastructure proceeds apace. It takes determination and doggedness.

Indaboski! Nigeria will always remember Buhari for his strides in infrastructure when the country was earning far less than it used to do.

Indaboski? What does it mean? Search me. Ask Prophet Chukwuemeka Odumeje what the word means. He coined it.

But I repeat: Indaboski! This country will never forget Buhari, if only for the Second Niger bridge.

Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity.
https://theeagleonline.com.ng/indaboski-if-only-for-2nd-niger-bridge-nigeria-wont-forget-buhari-by-femi-adesina/

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by colorsofrainbow: 12:21am On Feb 18
This second Naija bridge noise upandan. E be like say spiritual vehicles have started plying the route cos I'm not understanding anymore
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by nairavsdollars(f): 12:31am On Feb 18
Femi Adesina should be ashamed. A bridge a serious government will construct under one year Buhari used 8 years to do it and he keeps shouting as if he has done something extraordinary

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Golan007: 12:33am On Feb 18
MB2.

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by triple996(m): 1:45am On Feb 18
Biafuru grin
Cannibals go attack u now cheesy

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by foryourmindlol: 2:01am On Feb 18
A bridge built on loan, with toll gates which would be repaid by users?

While you're using Nigeria's loan from China to build free railway to your cousins' village in Niger Republic?

Are these people mad?

We should remember Buhari for imposing endless loan on Southeast? If anything we should curse that nepostic buffoon. A cunning tyranic buffoon.
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Bobloco: 2:32am On Feb 18
Indaboski! Bahose!

Lebadu! Sepre!

Abidoshika! The liquid metal!

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by michlins(m): 5:05am On Feb 18
Odumeje has found his way into Aso Rock. Congratulations to him.

After the bridge, Buhari should please finish the Enugu Onitsha express road and name it after his son. That way,his name and family will be truly immortalized in the SE.

Before you tell me he's not doing us a favor, remember Jonathan had years to do it and name it after his grandchildren but he didn't. So let the person who did name it after whatever he wants.

My business is to be able to move from Onitsha to Enugu in less than an hour which is the ideal time and not the current three hours journey.

I will say "thank you Buhari" after these two projects are completed. Until then, it's just campaign after election

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by michlins(m): 5:08am On Feb 18
foryourmindlol:
A bridge built on loan, with toll gates which would be repaid by users?

While you're using Nigeria's loan from China to build free railway to your cousins' village in Niger Republic?

Are these people mad?

We should remember Buhari for imposing endless loan on Southeast? If anything we should curse that nepostic buffoon. A cunning tyranic buffoon.
the people using the rails will pay for tickets. Same Buhari built a road going to Cameroon from Enugu but none of you will complain. He built a bridge connecting Calabar with Cameroon too.

USA built a road connecting Canada and Mexico to enhance trade which people of Mexico and California are currently enjoying.

This is how nations are built.

Buhari failed in many areas but give him credit for the areas he succeeded. Everything no be wailing oga

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by michlins(m): 5:10am On Feb 18
nairavsdollars:
Femi Adesina should be ashamed. A bridge a serious government will construct under one year Buhari used 8 years to do it and he keeps shouting as if he has done something extraordinary
PDP had sixteen years but didn't start the bridge. Does that make them unserious.

But for sake of argument, how can you start and finish that bridge in under three years even if the whole funds are available. Have you ever seen the bridge and the network of roads involved or you just want to complain

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by slimghost(m): 5:45am On Feb 18
This man is not ok upstairs. He’s been writing slow for sometime now
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by amc: 6:26am On Feb 18
nairavsdollars:
Femi Adesina should be ashamed. A bridge a serious government will construct under one year Buhari used 8 years to do it and he keeps shouting as if he has done something extraordinary

The contract to build the bridge was awarded in 2018. And them COVID came in 2020 to disrupt construction.

Sometimes, it good to appreciate efforts of those trying to improve things around us.

https://www.thecable.ng/fg-awards-n206bn-contract-for-2nd-niger-bridge/amp

FG awards N206bn contract for 2nd Niger Bridge

AUTHOR:
Oluwatoyin Bayagbon
NOVEMBER 13, 2018 6:57 PM

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by History555: 7:13am On Feb 18
michlins:
the people using the rails will pay for tickets. Same Buhari built a road going to Cameroon from Enugu but none of you will complain. He built a bridge connecting Calabar with Cameroon too.

USA built a road connecting Canada and Mexico to enhance trade which people of Mexico and California are currently enjoying.

This is how nations are built.

Buhari failed in many areas but give him credit for the areas he succeeded. Everything no be wailing oga

Oga pls are u this dumb. How can there be a road from enugu to Cameroon. Does enugu share borders with Cameroon?

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by omowolewa: 7:25am On Feb 18
Publicity.
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Racoon(m): 7:26am On Feb 18
Will building of the second Niger bridge change the perception of the East against all the willful injustice the region have suffered under the Buhari govt? Nope! So this Femi Adeshina Buhari shameless asslicker of a man should keep his mouth shut.
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by agadez007(m): 7:42am On Feb 18
History555:


Oga pls are u this dumb. How can there be a road from enugu to Cameroon. Does enugu share borders with Cameroon?


Na today you know say Buhari minions no
get sense,they just pay them 30k and release them into the wild to start typing nonsense

A bridge that connects Enugu to Cameron indeed

This 2nd Niger bridge will take more than 20 years,another presidency will use it for campaign,no be Nigeria again?
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Penguin2: 7:53am On Feb 18
Well, while I must commend Buhari for continuing with the building of the bridge, we must not lose sight of the fact that GEJ signed all the contracts for the bridge(though some people claim it was revisited) and made it a PPP project which means that irrespective of who is in power, the project would go on.

Meanwhile, whether Indaboski or Pahose, the bridge should never be named after Buhari or we rather bomb it.

Ndi ala!
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Golan007: 9:15am On Feb 18
History555:


Oga pls are u this dumb. How can there be a road from enugu to Cameroon. Does enugu share borders with Cameroon?



Shut up.

When someone says Benin-Abuja expressway does that mean they share borders?
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by michlins(m): 9:26am On Feb 18
History555:


Oga pls are u this dumb. How can there be a road from enugu to Cameroon. Does enugu share borders with Cameroon?


your moniker says history but you don't even know something as single as map. Let me educate you small.

From Enugu-Abakaliki-Ogoja onwards to Cameroon
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Investigative: 9:27am On Feb 18
I commend him in that
But those igbo youths he killed won't use that bridge

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Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Nobody: 9:32am On Feb 18
Then came Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who even at a point added Azikiwe to his name. He promised Heaven on earth, saying he was a South easterner, and he would build the bridge. During a Town Hall meeting on August 30, 2012, in the region, he said what would he claim he had done for his Igbo brethren, if he didn’t build the bridge.

Later, Azikiwe disappeared from Jonathan’s name, and the Second Niger bridge disappeared with it. All that happened in the about six years that the administration lasted was a Federal Executive Council approval for final planning and design of the bridge. All motion, no movement.

Jonathan was a pure scam and a clueless president. He commissioned same bridge twice just to get votes for election.

He even attached Azikiwe and Ebele to his name and as rightly said the Azikiwe and Ebele has disappeared from his name.

It was just under Jonathan that I saw daily workers without no construction company digging foundation with shovel and hoe in the name of constructing River Niger Bridge.

From today till the end of time Buhari has outperformed Jonathan on infrastructural development by 101%.

Failures like Jonathan and his apologist shouldn't be allowed near anything called seat of power again. They are born industrial criminals.
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by boogietrends: 9:49am On Feb 18
They are really trying their best considering the fact that earnings are low.

See the Anambra section of Enugu-Onitsha expressway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SFqx-3jAVs

Enugu section of Enugu-Onitsha expressway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGKyGkWmUEg

cheesy smiley
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by History555: 10:21am On Feb 18
Golan007:


Shut up.

When someone says Benin-Abuja expressway does that mean they share borders?


Dumb humans. Which one is benin abuja expressway.
Dullards
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by History555: 10:24am On Feb 18
michlins:
your moniker says history but you don't even know something as single as map. Let me educate you small.

From Enugu-Abakaliki-Ogoja onwards to Cameroon

Enugu to ebonyi to crossriver. U pass two states to get to Cameroon. Yet its not ebonyi Cameroon express or cross rivers Cameroon express but enugu Cameroon.
B4 u reach enugu u will pass ondo, ibadan, edo, delta, anambra. Why is it not lagos Cameroon express.
Dullards every where
Re: Indaboski: If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, Nigeria Won’t Forget Buhari by Adesina by Proudlyomonna: 10:31am On Feb 18
triple996:
Biafuru grin
Cannibals go attack u now cheesy

Only someone that is unwise.
Not well brought up.
Living in denial of reality.
Not mentally ok.
Will attack him,bcus it's no secret that because he is Igbo doesn't mean he must be pro ipob.
There are millions of Igbo people who are not pro ipob,but most of them keep mute bcus they like many others from other regions are tired of this big failure of a country �.

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