It’s unthinkable for any Igbo man to consider himself not part of Nigeria – Buhari tells Ndigbo
On Thursday, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), questioned why certain Igbo men are calling for separation.
Any attempt by an Igbo man to flee the country was termed as “unthinkable” by him.
The president stated that the Igbo people are important in Nigeria and that they have thriving enterprises around the country.
During his one-day official visit to Imo State, the President held a town hall meeting with South-East leaders.
Buhari’s visit to Imo State came approximately two months after the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was detained abroad and extradited to Nigeria to stand prosecution.
To protest Buhari’s visit to Imo, the proscribed IPOB had urged on citizens to stay at home and businesses to close.
According to a statement, the president stated that with less than two years remaining in his eight-year presidency, security remained a top priority for his administration.
On Thursday, Buhari’s communications adviser, Femi Adesina, issued a statement headed, ‘I want to be remembered as a president who stabilized Nigeria, President Buhari tells South-East leaders.’
Recognizing the Igbo people’s resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit, the President stated, “The essential thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos in command of either infrastructure or the pharmaceutical sector.”
“As a result, it is unfathomable for me that any Igbo guy would regard himself as not being a part of Nigeria. “The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.”
Noting that no country can achieve real progress without infrastructure development, the president expressed sadness that successive Federal governments contributed to the country’s vital infrastructure deterioration.
He stated that the Federal Government would finish ongoing critical projects in the South East, such as the 2nd Niger Bridge and railway lines and highways connecting the region to the rest of the country.
He added that, as a group, the Igbos are going to benefit more from continuously developing the infrastructure in the country because “they are more entrepreneurial.” “I strongly believe that if you are able to obtain infrastructure correctly, Nigerians will mind their own companies,”
Buhari commissioned four earlier projects, which includes the connection road to Naze/Ihiagwa/Nechede/Obinze, the Dick Tiger Street Drainage Balloon Driven/Flood Control, the Egbeada Bypass and The New Exco-Chambers, the Government House, Owerri. Buhari commissioned a total of four projects.
The President said he was delighted with the level of work done by the State Government, addressing Imo’s inhabitants on the commissioned bypass of Egbeada, named for a renowned son of the State, Chief Emmanuel Ivuanyanwu.
“I am delighted at my experience, and I guarantee that in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria I would be supporting Imo State,” he stated.
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