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IGBO TO SECEDE FROM NIGERIA UNTHINKABLE – BUHARI

The Commander in chief of the armed forces, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said it is unthinkable to him that any Igbo man will want to leave Nigeria with their control of Nigeria’s economy.

The President said this during a town hall meeting in Owerri with South East leaders during his working visit to Imo State on Thursday.

This is reaction of agitations for secession by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for years now.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, said Buhari acknowledged the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people while speaking during the town hall meeting.

‘‘The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in-charge of either infrastructure or pharmaceutical industry.

‘‘Therefore, it is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria.

‘‘The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.”

The President acknowledged security remains priority as he has less than two years to go in his second and final term.

‘‘If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have.

‘‘Security is number one priority and then the economy. When people feel secured they will mind their own business,’’ he said.

The President told South-East leaders that while fighting corruption in Nigeria had become very sophisticated and difficult, he would continue to strive to leave a lasting legacy of integrity and accountability in the system.

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‘‘Nobody can accuse me of having companies or mansions anywhere in the country and I thank God that I try to keep myself as clean as possible, so that I cannot be taken hostage.

‘‘I will do my best to ensure that Nigerians that try hard, succeed in their efforts,’’ he said.

The President said that the Federal Government would complete ongoing key projects in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge as well as the railway lines and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.

He said: I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses.

President Buhari commissioned four projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma; Naze/Ihiagwa/Nekede/Obinze link road, the Balloon Driven/Flood Control drainage at Dick Tiger Road, the Egbeada Bypass Road and the New Exco-Chambers and Government House, Owerri.

Addressing Imo residents at the commissioning of Egbeada bypass named after Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President said he was very impressed.

“I am very pleased with what I have seen and I assure you that I will support Imo State within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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