“I’m Shocked”: Obi Reacts As Wike Plans Demolition of 200 Abuja Houses for Presidential Fleet

“I’m Shocked”: Obi Reacts As Wike Plans Demolition of 200 Abuja Houses for Presidential Fleet

  • Labour Party's bannerman, Peter Obi, has aimed a dig at the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.
  • This was on the heels of the Minister ordering residents of the Nuwalege community, located along Airport Road, to evacuate to make way for a presidential fleet.
  • In reaction to this development, Obi described it as an inconsiderate project that does not reflect the current realities of Nigeria.

Legit.ng journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

FCT, Abuja - The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last presidential polls, Peter Obi, has said he's shocked by a report of plans to demolish 200 houses in Abuja to make way for the presidential fleet.

Recall that the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, had instructed the Department of Development Control Director to ensure that the Nuwalege community, located along the Airport Road, accommodates the presidential fleet plot.

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Peter Obi described Wike's plan to demolish homes to give way for a presidential fleet as an inconsiderate project.
Obi urged Wike to channel the funds for the project to a people-driven project. Photo Credit: Mr Peter Obi/Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
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This directive comes in response to a request from the Nigerian Air Force.

In a community and citizen engagement event held on Tuesday, December 19, in Abuja, the Minister conveyed through Director Mukhtar Galadima that the community must make room for development.

In reaction to this development, Obi, via his X handle, wrote:

"I am shocked by the recent report of the planned demolition of about 200 houses in the Nuwalege community in Abuja, to make way for the Presidential Fleet.
"I am again pained that we are embarking on such an inconsiderate project at this critical time when the country is going through untold hardship."

Obi's message to Wike

Obi advised that the FCT minister abandon the project and focus on saving costs and saving up for more critical and people-driven projects.

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He wrote:

"We cannot continue to encourage those who have kept us suffering to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle far beyond our legitimate means.
"A democratically elected people-oriented government must always care for the people, above itself.
"I, therefore, advise that we have a rethink and, most importantly, ensure that our fellow Nigerians are not rendered homeless for the sake of an unproductive presidential fleet."

Panic as gunmen kill 1, kidnap 12 in Abuja community

In another report, gunmen have killed a vigilante member and kidnapped 12 people in Gbaupe village along the Abuja Airport Road.

The kidnappers committed the crime when they attacked the community in the early hours of Monday, December 11.

It was gathered that the attack was the third incident this year, and the kidnappers are yet to make contact with the family.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.