President Muhammad Buhari in Ebonyi, urges Igbo to reject secession propaganda

• President says Igbo, Nigeria are
Olalekan Adetayo and Clement
President Muhammadu Buhari on
Tuesday urged the people of the South -
East geopolitical area no longer to shop for into
what he described as the senseless
propaganda of secession .
He said Nigeria and Igbo were
Buhari stated this on the Abakaliki
Township Stadium for the duration of his state
go to to Ebonyi country .
The President stated his presence inside the
country became an illustration of his
strong perception in the solidarity of the
u . s . .
Buhari said , “ My presence here nowadays
is an illustration of our robust belief
within the solidarity of Nigeria . because the maximum
populous us of a in Africa , with over
300 ethnic agencies , our diversity is
nearly unique amongst nations .
“ The people of the South - East are
regarded for his or her ingenuity , business
and business skills . there's no
a part of Nigeria in which you may now not discover
Igbo marketers , both guys and
girls, contributing to the
development of their adopted
groups .
“ So, i'm asking you all not to shop for into
the senseless propaganda on secession .
Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo.
both are inseparable . We must
therefore continue to dedicate ourselves
to the development of Nigeria ; a
Nigeria wherein we can sustain our
country wide unity without compromising
on our cultural identities ; a Nigeria
in which the aspirations of its humans are
guaranteed with out prejudice to tribe
or faith and a Nigeria , in which we
can sleep at night time understanding that
the following day could be better than these days .”
Buhari described the project of nation
building as a non-stop one.
He recalled that the kingdom’s founding
fathers from all components of the u . s .
labored together to actualise the
creation of one Nigeria .
After independence , according to the
President, the equal founding fathers
worked collectively to hold one
“ sure , they had differences and varied
critiques at times. in any case , they had been
only human . And yes, they'd
moments of weaknesses and doubt .
but once more , no one is best . however ,
one issue all of them included till the
stop of their lives was having one
Nigeria for all Nigerians .
“ nowadays, Nigeria is 57 years old .
Nigeria has gone thru many pains .
but it has additionally finished enormous
successes. Its residents are leaders in all
aspects of human improvement . however we
rarely celebrate these successes more .
“ some faulty Nigerians might
rather channel their energies to
propagating bad stories and
mindless rumours .
“ Over 60 consistent with cent of Nigeria ’s
population is beneath 25 years old .
they have got little knowledge of Nigeria ’s
adventure . They were not born during
the darkish days of the civil warfare and the
country rebuilding that occurred
“ The task of kingdom- building is a
continuous one. It is predicated at the
a hit transition of authentic
expertise from one era to
any other. this indicates it is our collective
obligation to make sure we do not
betray our founding fathers as we
transfer the Nigeria task from one
era to the following,” the President
Buhari urged dad and mom to talk to their
children approximately the significance of their
background , culture and being open -
He also requested teachers to teach their
students about the history of the
nation and how it changed into a coalition of
range that added it to lifestyles .
Buhari also advised leaders to lead by
example and display tolerance and
acceptance of diversity.
The President stated his management
changed into running hard to cope with maximum of
the grievances expressed with the aid of the human beings
of the South - East and all Nigerians .
He indexed them to encompass
unemployment and poor
He brought, “ we're constructing roads ,
hospitals and colleges. we are
expanding our power transmission
infrastructure while supporting the
era and distribution agencies
to make certain extra energy is introduced to
our homes . we're growing
agricultural programmes in order to
create extra jobs while making Nigeria
meals at ease.
“ as an instance , we currently mobilised
the contractor of the second Niger
Bridge lower back to website . we've got additionally made
provisions in the 2018 finances notion
to ensure this undertaking is completed as
early as possible.
“ We are also upgrading the Federal
medical Centre in Umuahia by way of
building a current clinical
Diagnostic Centre. this can similarly
deliver fine and low-cost fitness
care to the geopolitical region .
“ in the agricultural region, the states in
this vicinity have participated in all
Federal authorities agricultural
projects . for example, Ebonyi turned into
most of the first few country governments
to sign on to the Presidential Fertiliser
Initiative. The programme has already
created heaps of direct and
oblique jobs on this fertile a part of the
our us of a .”
Buhari congratulated the state
Governor, Dave Umahi , who he stated ,
positioned aside his political differences to
participate in “ this federally led
assignment” that has improved the lives of
now not simplest the farmers of Ebonyi kingdom ,
however the whole South - East states .
“ For the South - East , i am thrilled to
let you know that our 2018 price range
idea has allotted up to N 10 bn for
the development of the Enyimba
business Park and Nnewi vehicle Park.
both initiatives can be applied in
collaboration with the respective country
governments and the non-public quarter.
once more, those are classic examples of the
partnerships between the federal and
kingdom governments in the location to
enhance the livelihoods of Nigerians –
politics apart .
“ In October 2017 , we started out the
payment of pensions to law enforcement officials
who were granted presidential pardon
in 2000 after serving in the former
Biafran Police throughout the 30 - month
civil struggle. those officers , and their
next of kin, have waited for their
pensions for 17 years because the
presidential pardon.
“ I need to assure the Ndigbo that the
welfare and properly - being of every
Nigerian is important to us. We stand
for inclusivity and will no longer depart any
section or citizen in the back of ,” he delivered .
Buhari on Tuesday also confident
Ndigbo that his administration could
make certain the timely execution of roads ,
energy and other initiatives in the South -
East .
Buhari stated this while addressing a
assembly he had with the Ebonyi kingdom
Leaders of notion and conventional
Rulers in government residence all through
his go to to the kingdom.
“ after I met with leaders from the
South - East closing month in Abuja, they
raised several issues of problem,
consisting of the state of the roads and
infrastructure in the location . I want to
guarantee you that we are able to deliver on our
“ Our 2018 finances consists of many
strategic tasks for the area within the
roads , strength , agriculture and different
The President thanked the Ebonyi
nation government for the nice and cozy
reception accorded him and his
in advance in his speech, Umahi, had
extolled the Federal authorities for
its assist to the kingdom in terms of
agricultural centers and the Anchors
debtors Scheme of the central financial institution
of Nigeria .
“ I wish to congratulate Mr. President
for this honour of traveling the state. It
is an honour this is properly deserved . It
has helped us loads in particular within the
location of “ agricultural revolution . it's miles
the prayer of every one which if you
plant a seed, you may be alive to revel in
its fruit , ” he stated .
Umahi, who mentioned that the Federal
authorities had made the nation giant
in agriculture, stated , “ President Buhari
has sown in the land of Ebonyi and
God has given you the strength and joy
to partake in its fruit .”
The governor donated 2 ,000 pieces of
yams and a couple of , 000 luggage of rice , in
addition to a white horse to Buhari on
behalf of the state government .
Buhari arrived the Nkwegu army
Cantonment Abakaliki at eleven .15 am
and changed into acquired via stakeholders and
elders which includes the Minister of
technology and technology Dr.
Ogbonnaya Onu ; two former
governors of Ebonyi state , leader
Martin Elechi and Dr. Sam Egwu,
respectively; former Ambassador to
Greece , chief Franklin Aogbuewu ;
members of the country executive
Council , individuals of the national
assembly , and the Brigade
Commander of Nkwegu army
Cantonment, Lt. Col . Paul Kolawie.
The President had earlier inaugurated
the 14 .five km Abakiliki - Afikpo Federal
street constructed by means of the Ebonyi kingdom
He additionally inaugurated the seven hundred - metre
twin flyover over the Trans - Sahara
path going for walks from Enugu to
Cameroon, and the Senator Offia
Nwali flyover, all in the country capital .
similarly , he completed the
foundation - stone laying ceremony of
the Ebonyi town Mall, another flyover
and a avenue tunnel named after him .
The President also unveiled the statue
of Sir Akanu Ibiam , a former governor
of the old japanese area , whom he
described “ as a remarkable Nigerian, whose
awesome records of humanitarianism,
advocacy of loose primary training
and rural development , will continue
to be an notion to all.”
Buhari, who counseled Umahi for
‘‘his imaginative and prescient and dedication to the
improvement of the country,’’ also
thanked the conventional rulers of the
country led by way of Eze Charles Mkpuna for
conferring on him the chieftaincy identify
of Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi (straightforward
buddy of Ebonyi ).
At some other event with South - East
conventional rulers led through Eze Eberechi
Dick, the President become conferred with
the chieftaincy title of Ochioha Ndigbo
(chief of Igbo humans).
earlier in an deal with supplied on
behalf of Ebonyi Elders via a former
governor of the state , chief Sam Egwu,
he appealed for more federal presence
within the country , especially the
conversion of university of training
Ikwo to a Federal university of schooling .
He additionally called for pressing intervention
by using the Federal government to curb
intra - communal clashes in addition to
go - border disputes inside the area .

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