Once again, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his resolve to partner with the people of the South-East geopolitical zone of the country, insisting that he would always remain a friend to Nd’Igbo.
Represented by the Executive Director in charge of Administration/Training, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Dr Steve Egbo; Buhari 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 (COF).
Buhari decried his alleged hatred for the people of the South-East, saying it was the handwork of “mischief makers" and that “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 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".
President Buhari described the entrepreneurship nature of Nd’Igbo as “unique”; while noting that other ethnic nationalities should embrace it to move the country forward.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of Chinedu Ogah Foundation, Mr Chinedu Ogah, earlier in his speech commended President Buhari for his pragmatic leadership qualities and the delivery of democratic dividends to the citizens since his assumption of office.
Ogah noted that no fewer than 2,000 widows would benefit from the endowment fund for the less privileged set up by the COF to assist poor widows.