The sociocultural Igbo group Ohanaeze Ndigbo took the opportunity of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Imo state yesterday to express their description as the ” “The most urgent and urgent” need of the region.
The President also praised the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Igbo people, saying, “The basic thing about the Igbo people is that there is no city you are going to visit Nigeria without seeing that the Igbo are responsible for either the infrastructure or the pharmaceutical industry.
“So it is unthinkable for me that an Igbo man would not call himself part of Nigeria. The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbo is responsible for Nigeria’s economy. ”
Buhari was in the state to commission projects with Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma.
During an interactive session with the President that was attended by around 200 Igbo leaders from the five Southeastern states. Ohanaeze Ndigbo General President Prof. George Obiozor said the region’s primary need is security.
According to him, “The security of Ndigbo in Nigeria and beyond has become a key imperative for Ndigbo aroused serious concern. Unfortunately, our Southeast Zone has recently become a scene of conflict that negates the peace-loving nature of our people. In this context, Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls for the establishment of a zonal and state police apparatus to support and complement the existing federal security architecture for authorities across the country, “remarked Obiozor:” The Southeast Zone urgently needs more infrastructure, which is funded by the federal government, including roads, bridges, Railways and ports. ”
Obiozor said, despite threats of secession the country faces, no secessionist element can succeed in an atmosphere of good governance based on justice, justice and fairness to all citizens.
He was optimistic that the visit “marked the beginning of a new chapter of dialogue, cooperation and understanding” between Ndigbo and the Buhari government.
One of the Igbo leaders expressed his disappointment said that the president had given away a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “reintegrate Igbo people, their companies Earn support and … imp roam his relationship with them. ”
However, a former United Progressives Party (UPP) national leader, Chekwas Okorie, insisted the president was unwilling to make“ open promises to make or to speak to the stands ”. . He said he was confident that Buhari would take the address seriously.
But while addressing the leaders of the Southeast, Buhari said that he would like to be remembered as the president who oversees the country Areas of security and economic prosperity has stabilized and triumph over corruption.
He said that in his eight year term in office, security remains a major priority for his government in less than two years.
< p> “If there is no certainty, no matter how hard you try or what initiative you have, there is nothing anyone can do. Safety comes first and then the economy. If people feel safe, they will take care of their own business, ”he said. He also promised that the federal government would complete important ongoing projects in the region, including the second Niger Bridge and railway lines.
Streets in Owerri, capital of Imo state, and other states in the region were abandoned yesterday as residents followed the sit-at-home policy of the secessionist indigenous people of Biafra.
Meanwhile, Imo State Assembly spokesman Paul Emeziem applauded Governor Uzodimma for drawing the president to the state, saying: “The visit further justified the governor’s doing really well for the Imo people . “