President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, wondered why some Igbo men under the umbrella of the Indigenous People of Biafra, are clamouring for secession.
He described as “unthinkable” attempts by men from the south-east region to leave the country.
Buhari who spoke at a town hall meeting with South-East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo State, said Igbo people are relevant in Nigeria, adding that they have successful businesses across different locations.
According to The Punch, a statement quoted the president as saying that with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as President, security still remains a major priority for his administration.
Acknowledging the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people, the President 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.’’
He further noted that no nation make any meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure and expressed regret that successive governments at the Federal level contributed to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country.
He promised 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.
‘‘I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses,’’ he said
Buhari added that Igbos stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because ‘‘they are more enterprising.’’
He had earlier commissioned four projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma, including 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.
Addressing Imo residents at the commissioning of Egbeada bypass named after a prominent son of the State, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President said he was very impressed with the level of work done by the State government.
“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,’’ he said.