Monday, August 21, 2017 6:21 pm
A rally heralding the return of President Muhammadu Buhari after a medical vacation in London left human and vehicular movement in Enugu metropolis at standstill for over four hours on Monday.
The rally, organised by Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Enugu State Chapter, saw hundreds of Nigerians holding various placards with inscriptions such as “Welcome Baba’’ and “APC is Marching Forward’’.
Other inscriptions are: “South-East is solidly behind PMB’’; “We Continue to Pray for Mr President’s Success”, ”Baba is Back to Continue His Good Works” and ”Is PMB or Never’’.
Chief Anike Nwoga, Chairman of BSO in Enugu State told journalists that the rally was meant to show gratitude to God for bringing Buhari back after his medical vacation.
The organisation, Nwaoga said, was urging Mr President to continue his good works of fixing the country’s physical and social infrastructure.
“To this end, we implore you (Buhari) to appeal to the National Assembly to immediately approve the $29.9 billion foreign loans and more to get Nigeria out of recession and back to work.
“We are making this request because it is better to harvest your uncommon acceptability by the international community to secure more loans.
“There is no doubt that the international community admires your integrity quotient.
“More loans will not only exit us from recession, but will enable you to add more mega-watts of electricity, reverse the archaic idea of revamping the old gauge rail lines, instead of modern standard gauge, and expansion of the Kebbi/Lagos States Rice revolution in other states according to their comparative crop advantage,’’ he said.
According to him, millions of Nigerians will be employed if additional 20 billion-dollar loan is added.
He also requested Mr President to fill all outstanding federal boards and other vacancies.
“This is the best way to reinforce hope of the citizens and cement the national consensus,’’ he said.
The welcome rally train passed through Bisilla Road, Chime Avenue and Enugu-Abakaliki Road.
Among the APC Chieftains that led the rally are Chief Osita Okechukwu, Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON); a leader of APC South-East, Chief Emma Enukwu and Dr Okey Ezea, the Secretary of BOS, Enugu Chapter, among others.