President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday addressed a crowd and read portions of the coup speech of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, made when he overthrew General Muhammadu Buhari’s government on August 15, 1985.
He spoke at the presidential campaign rally of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu.
Even the special adviser to the President on media, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed that it was the coup speech of Babangida that was read.
Though it was believed that Jonathan wanted to score political points against his major opponent in the election, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress General Buhari, the speech was more of a ‘minus’ than ‘plus,’ some people in the crowd said, pointing out that “it was needless reading the coup speech of IBB who annulled the best presidential election ever conducted in Nigeria.”
However, Jonathan gave assurance that his administration was still committed in ensuring that the cargo section of the Akanu Ibiam Airport Enugu was completed so as to ensure full operations of international flights there.
Jonathan noted that a lot of Nigerian entrepreneurs from the south-east are involved in international trade and the full operations of the airport would enhance the economic base of the zone.
He said the south-east zone has also benefitted from the present ‘revoluiton’ in the railway sector his administration, as the revitalisation of the Port Harcourt to Enugu rail line was commissioned a few weeks ago by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Jonathan added that his government has completed over 200 kilometres of roads linking Enugu and other towns in the zone.
He it was important for him to take the second step of his presidential campaign to Enugu after Lagos because of its importance as the political capital of the South-East and expressed gratitude for the support he has always enjoyed from the zone.
Culled from Daily Trust