Abiku of Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos

For decades, the Poems ‘Abiku’ by Professor Wole Soyinka and Professor JP Clark have had the wow effects on lovers of poetry worldwide. JP Clark’s appeal to the coming and going phenomenon to ‘step in and stay’ could well have been applied to Nigeria’s longest bridge and biggest traffic getaway for commuters.

Here is the story: one military regime proposed the construction of the bridge but a succeeding civilian administration rejected the proposal. A succeeding military regime ignored the proposal while a third military regime got it back on track and completed the bridge in record time. Above is photo of the foundation laying ceremony of Third Mainland Bridge, which was constructed by the military government of President Ibrahim Babangida.

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