President Muhammadu Buhari had a train ride on Thursday shortly after he inaugurated two additional locomotives and 10 additional passenger coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna rail service in Abuja.
President Buhari was joined on the ride by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasri El-Rufai, and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, as well as some government officials.
The development, however, took a different turn between Governor El-Rufai and the senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district, Ben Murray-Bruce.
Senator Murray-Bruce had claimed on his twitter handle that the project commissioned by the President was part of the achievements recorded by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said: “I hope President @MBuhari remembers to say thank you to former President @GEJonathan for the train ride he enjoyed in Kaduna.
“Some of us haven’t forgotten that that achievement was entirely the handiwork of the Jonathan government. Nigeria should give honour to whom honour is due.”
In a swift reaction, Governor El-Rufai faulted Murray-Bruce’s claims that it was the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo that stated the project.
He said: “The Obasanjo administration which Jonathan was not part of, designed, raised the financing and started the EPC of the Lagos-Kano dual track-standard gauge rail system and the Abuja Light Rail. Yar’Adua-Jonathan stalled both projects for two years!”