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ONE NIGERIA: Igbo Won’t Leave Nigeria, No Matter How Rough – Ohanaeze tells Buhari During Visit.
Apex Igbo socio-political group in Nigeria, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has assured the President Muhammadu Buhari that Ndigbo are committed to the unity of Nigeria.
The President-General of the group, Professor George Obiozor, gave the assurance at a town hall meeting between President Buhari and South East leaders on Thursday.
Obiozor described Igbo as “fish in an ocean that won’t leave despite the storm.”
He stated that Igbo people will not leave the country no matter how rough things are, urging the President to create a platform for dialogue on critical issues affecting the South-East geo-political zone.
Obiozor was quoted as saying this in a statement issued by President Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘I want to be remembered as a president who stabilised Nigeria, President Buhari tells South-East leaders’, on Thursday.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide president said, “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 and 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 Igbo land and believe that on your return to Abuja the significance and substance of this visit will form new foundation of a platform for meaningful dialogue on critical issues of concern to the Igbo nation.”
While speaking, President Buhari described attempts by some Igbo men to leave Nigeria as “unthinkable.”
Buhari noted that with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as President, security still remains a major priority for his administration.
‘‘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 secure they will mind their own business,’’ he said.
‘‘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.’’
It was earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari met with leaders and stakeholders in the South-East region on Thursday during his visit to Imo State.
The meeting was held during Buhari’s visit to the state – amid ongoing agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
According to the PUNCH, since the return of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to detention in Nigeria, the IPOB separatists have continually ordered a sit-at-home on Mondays.
Tolu Ogunlesi, a presidential aide, posted on Facebook: “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.”
An earlier report disclosed that Buhari promised to assist Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, deal with security breaches in the state.
The President disclosed this while Commissioning the Egbeada-Onitsha bypass road in Owerri, the State Capital, noting that he was impressed with the level of development in Imo.
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