The Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association, Horewa, refused not to complete the narrow-gauge eastern railway corridor.
The human rights organization believes that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to finishing the $1.96 billion, 284-kilometer Kano-Katsina Maradi railway project to the Republic of Niger before his term ends in 2023.
This was stated by Comrade Emmanuel Onubiko, National Coordinator of HURIWA, in a statement on Friday, saying that it is unfortunate that the President is more interested in pleasing and consoling his Fulani cousins in the Republic of Niger than the patriotic and legitimate Nigerians who will benefit a lot from it. Completion of the 2044.1km Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Railway Project.
The Minister of Transport, Moaz Sambo, said recently that the Eastern Railway project was halted due to the lack of external loans needed to finance it.
This is despite an earlier promise by the Buhari government that the project would be delivered before he left office.
“Since day one, President Buhari has never been open and transparent about the Eastern Railway project. Many excuses have been given for delay including lack of security but this is for now. This is despite the fact that Buhari has agreed to fund $1.96 billion for the Kano Maradi Railway in the Republic of Niger.
It should be noted that Buhari approved many foreign loans for the Niger Republic project. Reports released by the Office of Debt Management showed that Nigeria’s total external debt rose from $10.32 billion on June 30, 2015 to $40.06 billion on June 30, 2022, an increase of more than 288.18 percent in seven years.
“…what is good for the goose is good for the cows. Every part of the country should be developed equally. No part should be treated as second class.”
Buhari is more committed to his cousins in the Niger Republic – it has suspended HURIWA from the Eastern Railway project