Buhari, yesterday, reiterated
his belief in the unity of the
He stated this in Abakaliki,
the Ebonyi State capital,
when he paid a one-day visit
to the state.
Buhari, who is visiting the
region for the first time since
he became president, said
the diversity of the country
makes it unique in the comity
of nations.
“My presence here today is a
demonstration of my strong
belief in the unity of Nigeria.
As the most populous country
in Africa with over 300 ethnic
groups, our diversity is
almost unique among the
nations,” he said.
He assured the people
of the South-East of his
administration’s commitment
to execute projects that will
lead to the fast-tracking of
development in the region.
According to him, in keeping
with his promise to South-
East leaders, the 2018 budget
which he recently presented
to the National Assembly
captured many projects in the zone.
“When I met with leaders
of the South-East last month
in Abuja they raised several
issues of concern including
the state of roads in the region.
I want to assure you that we
will deliver on our promise.
Our 2018 budget include
many strategic projects for
the region in roads, power,
agriculture and social sector,”
the president said.
Earlier, Governor David
Umahi said the state was
appreciative of the president’s
support, especially in
He, however, appealed to the
president to reimburse the
state for its spending on the
repairs of federal roads.
Former Governor of the state,
Sam Egwu, commended
the president for the recent
decision to pay former Biafra
police officers pensions.
“Such an act of
accommodation is what
translates a mere leader to a
great father of the nation,” he
The president was later
conferred with a chieftaincy
title of EzienyiOma (Good
Friend) of Ebonyi State.
Buhari landed at the training
field of the Nkwagu Military
Cantonment at about 11:15
am in a Nigeria Air Force
helicopter with registration
number, NAF-540.
Earlier, he was received at the
Akanu Ibiam International
Airport, Enugu, by governors
of the South-East led by
Umahi from where he was
airlifted in an helicopter to
Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State
President Buhari was received
on arrival in Ebonyi by the
Deputy Governor, Kelechi
Igwe; Minister of Science
and Technology, Ogbonnaya
Onu; former governors of
Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu
and Martin Elechi; former
Senate President, Anyim
Pius Anyim; former Minister
of Culture and Tourism,
Frank Ogbuewu; former
Minister of Health(State),
Fidelis Nwankwo; former
Deputy Governor, Chigozie
Ogbu, Zonal Vice Chairman
of the PDP, Austine Umahi;
CEO, Orient Global Ltd,
Chukwuma Odi, among
He inaugurated projects
including the 14.5 kilometre
Abakaliki-Afikpo federal
highway reconstructed by the
state government, two new
overhead bridges along the
Afikpo-Enugu highway.
He also performed the
ground breaking for the new
tunnel named after him to
be constructed by the state
This is the first time that
President Buhari would be
visiting any of the states in the
South-East since he assumed
office on May 29, 2015.
The president is expected
to stay for two days in the
South-East to enable him visit
both Ebonyi and Anambra
States ahead of the latter’s
governorship election this
On Monday, the Indigenous
People of Biafra, IPOB,
threatened to assassinate him
should he step foot on the
In a statement by its
spokesperson, Emma
Powerful, the pro-Biafra
group warned that “today
will be recorded in history
as a very bloody day should
that Jubril masquerading as
Buhari attempt to land on
Biafran soil.”
IPOB insisted that Buhari will
not return alive from his trip
to the region.

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