President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Sunday, addressed a vital infrastructure concern by urging the “new landlord” of Abuja, Nyesom Wike, to prioritize completing the Abuja metro line for the betterment of Nigeria’s citizens.
Wike, the immediate past governor of Rivers state, was recently appointed the minister in charge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
During his speech at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Conference, President Tinubu called on Wike to complete the Abuja metro line, noting that it underscores the significance of robust urban infrastructure in enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the Nigerian capital.
Facing Wike, Tinubu said:
“The Landlord of Abuja, I want to ride on your Metro Line. If I ask for free land, don’t give me just ensure you deliver.”
Experts say the metro project, which has been in the works for several years, has the potential to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce pollution, and improve overall transportation efficiency in the nation’s capital.
Governor Wike’s recent prominence in discussions related to Abuja and his influence as a former governor known for infrastructural development might have prompted President Tinubu to address him directly regarding this matter.
Wike’s administration garnered attention for various development projects and initiatives in Rivers State, prompting former vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo to nickname him ‘Mr Projects.’
As a platform for legal professionals to discuss pressing issues, the NBA conference provided President Tinubu with an opportunity to raise a pertinent concern that aligns with broader national interests.
President Tinubu also acknowledged cheers from some lawyers while leaving the venue of the NBA conference in Abuja.
The president stopped to exchange pleasantries with the young lawyers as they shouted his traditional title name, ‘Jagaban,’ as he exited the venue of the conference.