Governors in the South-East have agreed to name the Second Niger Bridge after the President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed the development in a tweet on Tuesday, adding that the bridge would be commissioned today.
His tweet read, “The Second Niger Bridge is to officially be called/known as Buhari Second Niger Bridge. The Muhammadu Buhari Bridge is officially commissioned today, by President Muhammadu Buhari. #PMBLegacy.”
The Special Assistant to the President on Digital/New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, also confirmed the news in a tweet.
“Following consultations, the Governors of the South-East have agreed that the Second Niger Bridge shall be named the Muhammadu Buhari Second Niger Bridge,” his tweet read.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have protested against the move to name the bridge after Buhari.
The group, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Monday, rejected naming of the bridge after Buhari, “because he came to power and completely sidelined our people.”
On Monday, May 22, 2023, Media Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, in a statement announced that the president would commission three major bridges, three Federal Secretariats and a road.
He said the inauguration would be headlined by the Second Niger Bridge which was conceptualised in 2005.
Other bridges to be commissioned are the Loko-Oweto Bridge across River Benue to link Benue to Nasarawa State and the Ikom Bridge in Cross River State.