Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with Southeast leaders in Imo state.
The meeting was held at a Town Hall in Owerri, the Imo State capital.Buhari’s parley with Igbo leaders is coming at the backdrop of agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.The meeting was disclosed by one of Buhari’s Media Aides, Tolu Ogunlesi via his Facebook page.
“The President is now participating in a Town Hall Meeting with South-East Leaders, having gone round Owerri to commission a series of infrastructure projects by Governor Hope Uzodinma,” Ogunlesi wrote.
Nobody can push Igbo out of Nigeria – Ohanaeze
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has assured President Muhammadu Buhari that nobody can push the Igbo out of the country despite several threats from secessionists, adding that his visit to the zone will form a new foundation for dialogue on critical issues concerning them. The assurance was contained in a speech delivered to the President, during his official visit to Imo State on Thursday by the President General of the Igbo group, professor George Obiozor.
According to him “Ndigbo are committed to Nigerian unity and there is news for those trying to push us out of Nigeria. Ndigbo in Nigeria are like fish in the ocean, no matter how rough the storm is, it cannot drive the fish out
of the ocean.
“Mr. President, it is in this context, that we see a new dawn in your distinguished presence in Igboland and believe that on your return to Abuja the significance and substance of this visit will form a new foundation of a platform for meaningful dialogue on critical issues of concern to the Igbo Nation.
However, Obiozor explained to the President that, “in spite of all the threats of secessionism or separatism facing the country, there is no doubt that no secessionist element can succeed in Nigeria provided there is good governance based on equity, justice and fairness to all the citizens.
Obiozor while appealing for the release of Igbo youths detained in all parts of the country emphasised that the South East is in dire need of security just as he called for a zonal and State security apparatus to compliment the efforts of the federal.
He said “Your Excellency, the most urgent and imperative need of Ndigbo today is security. The security of Ndigbo in Nigeria and beyond has become a compelling primary responsibility of serious concern for Ndigbo.
“Regrettably our South East Zone has recently become a theatre of conflict, negating 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.
“It is in this same vein that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, appeals to you, Mr. President, to see to the release of Igbo youths detained by various security agencies across the country.” Obiozor appealed.
Also, Ohanaeze has canvassed for more infrastructural development in Igbo land beside the Niger bridge. Therefore it has appealed for good roads, railways, and ports to better-living conditions of the people of the zone.
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