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President Buhari: Why it’s unthinkable that the Igbo would want to secede from Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said with their control of Nigeria’s economy, it is unthinkable for him that any Igbo man will want to leave Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said with their control of Nigeria’s economy, it is unthinkable for him that any Igbo man will want to leave Nigeria.

The president spoke in Owerri at a town hall meeting with Southeast leaders, during his working visit to Imo State on Thursday in obvious reaction to agitations for secession being championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra in the region.

The streets of Imo State were deserted in what many believed was in obedience to the stay at home order declared by IPOB during the visit.

But the President who acknowledged the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of the Igbo said the people of the Southeast are found in every part of the country, according to the report.

He said, “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.

“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,” he said.

He also noted that no country could make meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure.

He regretted the contributions of successive governments at the federal level to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country.

“I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses,” he said, adding that as a group, Igbos stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because “they are more enterprising”.

“If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have. Security is the number one priority and, then, the economy. When people feel secure they will mind their own business.”

Buhari also promised that he is committed to credible and fair elections in 2023, and promised to complete the Second Niger Bridge as well as other ongoing federal projects in the Southeast geo-political zone.

President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George Obiozor, in his remarks, assured Buhari of the continued support of Ndigbo. But Obiozor demanded that Nigerians must be governed by the principle of equity, irrespective.

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