A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Abia State, Prince Paul Ikonne has appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari to intervene in the infrastructural dilapidation of Aba ancient city.
Of particular interest to Ikonne was the rebuilding of Ariaria International Market which he said attracts traders from all over the world.
Recalling that the major road leading to the market was built by Buhari during his days at the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, the APC chieftain who was also the 2011 governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN in the state decried the level of infrastructural decay in Aba.
According to Ikonne who spoke to Journalists in Abuja, the situation had gone beyond the state government.
He remarked that by fixing the city, Buhari would have engraved his name in the heart of Igbo people of the South- East.
“We want the federal government to pay attention to Aba. That is the desire of every single person. When you get Aba right, you have gotten Abia right, you have gotten the South- East right.
“There is no family or tribe in Nigeria that does not do business in Aba. There is no country that does not have their business in Aba. People move products from Aba to Cameroon, Cotonou, Lome and Abidjan. So, if you get Aba right, you have gotten the South-East right.
“We are not talking about fixing any how market; we are talking about an international market.
We are talking about a market that produces markets and without this market, slot of these markets you are talking about will not exist. The level of infrastructural decay I can see and what is on ground right now is beyond the state government. The level of decay needs a federal intervention right now in Abia state”, he said.