President Muhammadu Buhari has been honoured with two chieftaincy titles in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State, where he is currently on a 2-day working visit.
One of the titles, Ochioha NdiIgbo 1 (Igbo Warrior), was conferred on him by South East traditional council of rulers led by Eze Eberechi Dick, while the other, Enyioma 1of Ebonyi (A good Friend), was conferred on him by the Ebonyi traditional council of rulers led by Eze Charles Mkpuma.
The President who arrived in Ebonyi on Tuesday was received by the governors of Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states.He made a stop at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu after which he proceeded to Ebonyi. He is also expected to visit Anambra State.
This is the first time he is visiting the south-east region since he became president, a move which he hinted, is aimed at reassuring the region that his government does not discriminate against any part of Nigeria.President Buhari also insisted that he will continue to promote the unity of Nigeria even on the faces of challenges.“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 other nations,” he said.
He assured the people of the South East of his administration’s commitment to carry out projects that will fast-tracking development in the region. Buhari noted further that, 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 in accordance with his promise to the region.
“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.
Buhari was decorated with the highest chieftaincy tittle of Enyi-Oma 1 of Ebonyi state from traditional rulers of the state.He also inaugurated some projects including 2 flyovers, Abakaliki- Afikpo federal roads among others.Earlier, the Governor, David Umahi said the state was appreciative of the President’s support to the state especially in the area of Agriculture.
He, however, appealed to the President for refund of money expended by the state government on some Federal Roads in the state.Also, the former governor of the state, Sam Egwu who addressed the President on behalf of the stakeholders in the state 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 pleaded with the president to give the state assistance in the area of agriculture; roads and education to enable the state catch up with other states.
President Buhari and the Ebonyi State Governor Dr David Umahi at the unveiling of the Statue of Foremost leader and one of the founding fathers of Nigeria Dr Akanu Ibiam during his visit to Ebonyi State on 14th Nov 2017
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