September 09, (NaijaOnPoint Media) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday promised to complete critical infrastructure in the South-East.
The President, who described secessionist agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as unthinkable, said he wonders why any Igbo man would want to leave Nigeria..
According to Buhari, Igbo people have successful businesses across the country and are very relevant in Nigeria.
Buhari spoke at a town hall meeting with South-East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo state.
President Buhari told Igbo leaders at the meeting that with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as president, security remains a major priority for his administration.
Acknowledging the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people, President Buhari 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.
‘‘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.’’
Noting that no country can make any meaningful progress without the infrastructural development, the president expressed regret that successive governments at the federal level have contributed to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country.
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He promised that the federal government would complete ongoing key projects in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge, the railway lines, and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.
‘‘I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses”, he said, adding that as a group, the Igbos stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because ‘‘they are more enterprising.’’
During the visit, President Buhari commissioned four projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma: the 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, Government House, Owerri.