President Muhammadu Buhari has again restated his resolve to partner with the people of the South-East geo-political zone of the country, insisting that he would always remain a friend to Nd’Igbo.
The President, represented by the Executive Director in charge of Administration/Training, Nigeria Television Authority, Dr. Steve Egbo, made the declaration in Item Amegu Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Tuesday, during a special empowerment programme for widows organised by a non-governmental organisation, Chinedu Ogah Foundation.
Buhari decried his alleged hatred for the people of the South-East, saying it was the handwork of “mischief makers.”He said,:
“All these accusations, permutations are all lies calculated to create bad feelings of Igbo people.
“I would remain a friend to Nd’Igbo. I recall that in 2002, I invited the late Ikemba Chukwuemeka Ojukwu to my hometown of Daura. We discussed about the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
“In 2003, I picked Dr. Chuba Okadigbo as my running mate in that year’s presidential election. If I hated Nd’Igbo, I wouldn’t have done that.
“In 2017, the Federal Government under my leadership commenced work on the Second Niger Bridge following its abandonment by the previous governments all these years.”
He described the enterpreneurship nature of Nd’Igbo as “unique;” noting that other ethnic nationalities should embrace it to move the country forward.