IPOB: It’s unthinkable any Igbo man wants to leave Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday, said it is unthinkable for any Igbo man to want separation.

The President spoke at a town hall meeting with South-East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo State.

This is in light of recent agitations for secession by indigenes of igboland, most recently in the rise of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra led by embattled Nnamdi Kanu.

The president said Igbo people are relevant in Nigeria, adding that they have successful businesses across different locations.

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.’’

Noting that no country can make any meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure, the President 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, adding that as a group, the Igbos stand to benefit more from the ongoing development of infrastructure in the country because ‘‘they are more enterprising.’’

Buhari 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.

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