Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has reacted disappointedly to the recent approval of $1.95 billion for the construction of the 248-kilometre Kano to Maradi (Niger Republic) rail line project, describing it as something of no economic value.
The ardent critic of Buhari’s administration and best selling author wondered why President Buhari is so concerned with this project even at a time the country’s resources are nothing to write home about.
“our foreign debt has risen from $7 billion in 2015, to $31 billion in 2020 (because of him) Buhari”…he said.
Omokri called on Buhari to tell Nigerians if really he was from Niger Republic as rumoured.
He recalled an incident in 1985 when Buhari was the Military Head of State and chose to vote for Ide Oumarou, a Fulani man from Niger Reublic as against Peter Onu, an Igbo man for the post of Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity.
In his own words as posted on his facebook page, he wrote;
“General Buhari should please tell Nigerians what is so special to him about Niger Republic, that in this time of dwindling resources, when our foreign debt has risen from $7 billion in 2015, to $31 billion in 2020 (because of him), that he must award a $1.9 billion contract to build a railway from Katsina to Niger Republic. What is the economic necessity and urgency? Nigerians remember how, as military head of state, General Buhari in 1985, voted against Peter Onu, an Igbo man, who was Nigeria’s candidate for the post of Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity, in favour of Ide Oumarou, a Fulani from Niger Republic. Is Buhari from Niger Republic as has been rumoured?”
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