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Bishop Blasts Jonathan Over Neglect Of South East

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Ignatius Okpara

The famous Founder of Chapel of Faith Bible Assembly International, Bishop Emeka Nwankpa,has expressed dismay over president Goodluck Jonathan’s alleged continued marginalisation of the South-East zone, saying the region has not benefited from the administration.

The cleric, cited example with what he described as the “lame-duck” Onitsha seaport project, which according to him, was a political weapon to woe Igbos in Anambra State who are predominantly traders.

The clergyman, who spoke with newsmen in Awka, however, warned on the dangers of neglecting the people of the South-East in the distribution of social amenities as well as political appointments.

He lamented that up till now, the Onitsha axis of the River Niger had not been properly dredged to make way for full plying of merchant boats and cargo barges on the water ways, adding that the present state had rendered the river port an economic liability three years after it was purportedly commissioned.

Bishop Nwankpa, noted that the much publicised Onitsha second Niger Bridge was not purely a Federal Government affair as it was under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) unlike other similar expensive bridges built by the Federal Government across the Nigeria.

He, however, called on President Jonathan to reciprocate the immense support he had been receiving from the people of the South-East who gave him 99% of their votes during the 2011 Presidential election.

The Bishop further stressed that it was still early for the President to correct the injustices meted out on the Igbo nation, “because one good turn they say deserves another.


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