In his first visit to the South East since his assumption of office in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his commitment to fostering the unity of the Nigerian nation.
Speaking at the Ebonyi state Executive Council Government House in Abakaliki on Tuesday, Buhari admonished leaders of the region not to give room for ideologies which can create crisis and disintegrate the country.
In a region which has witnessed secessionist agitations in recent months, especially with the activities of the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Buhari used the opportunity of his one-day working visit to express his resolve to devote himself to using the nation’s diversity to her advantage.
“My presence here today is a demonstration of my strong believe in the unity of Nigeria. As a most populous country in Africa with over 300 ethnic groups our diversity is almost unique among the nations”, he said.
The President also assuaged feelings of marginalisation in the region by assuring them of his administration’s commitment to devoting resources to further the development of the region.
“When I met with leaders of the south east last month in Abuja they raised several issues of concern including the state of roads in the region. I want to assure you that we will deliver on our promise. Our 2018 budget includes many strategic projects for the region in roads, power, agriculture and social sector,” Buhari said.