Landmark: Peter Obi inciting Igbos against Tinubu government – Umahi

The ongoing Lagos-Calabar coastal road project has sparked heated debates and disagreements, with key figures expressing divergent views on its implications and consequences. 

At the center of this controversy are Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, and former Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, whose contrasting opinions reflect broader tensions surrounding infrastructure development, economic progress, and social welfare in Nigeria.

Minister Dave Umahi has accused Peter Obi of inciting the people of the southeast against the government, particularly those who may lack sufficient information about the project. 

Umahi contends that Obi’s criticism of the government’s handling of the project only serves to exacerbate tensions and does little to address the underlying issues. 

He argues that despite any perceived injustices, the government has shown mercy by compensating affected individuals, even those residing illegally along the coastal line. 

Umahi emphasizes the need for wisdom and prudence in approaching such contentious matters, urging the public to refrain from being misled by divisive rhetoric.

In contrast, Peter Obi has vehemently opposed the Lagos-Calabar coastal road project, citing concerns over its economic viability, environmental impact, and social repercussions. He condemns the government’s decision to prioritize infrastructure development over pressing issues such as unemployment, poverty, healthcare, and education. Obi laments the destruction of businesses and residences in the project’s path, describing it as insensitive and heart-wrenching. 

He warns against the potential loss of livelihoods and jobs, particularly in the leisure and hospitality sector, and calls for a reassessment of national priorities.

The controversy surrounding the project intensified following the demolition of the Landmark Beach Resort, a popular tourist destination valued at $200 million. The resort’s CEO, Paul Onwuanibe, expressed dismay over the government’s actions, highlighting the devastating impact on local businesses and communities. The demolition raised questions about the government’s commitment to balanced development and equitable compensation for affected parties.

Meanwhile, the civil society organizations, environmental activists, and concerned citizens have called for greater scrutiny of mega-infrastructure projects and their potential social and environmental costs. Advocates argue for more inclusive and sustainable development strategies that prioritize the well-being of communities and ecosystems.

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