Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian President has asked Ndi Igbo not to buy the idea of Biafra which is currently being promoted by IPOB. The President promised the people of South-East that there would be developmental projects next year. He affairmed that some key projects had already been designed for the region, especially in the area of road infrastructure, agriculture and social services, captured in the 2018 budget.
Addressing Nigerians, at the Abakaliki Township Stadium, as part of programmes lined up for his one-day visit to Ebonyi State, Buhari said the Biafran agitation was “a senseless propaganda” being promoted by “some misguided youths” in the region.
“I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo, both are inseparable.
“We must, therefore, continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria by sustaining our national unity without compromising our cultural identities, a Nigerian where the aspirations of its people is guaranteed without prejudice to tribe or religion, a Nigerian where we can sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.
“The task of nation building is a continuous one. Our founding fathers from all corners of this country worked together to actualise the creation of one Nigeria. After independence, the same founding fathers worked together to maintain this one Nigeria.
“Yes, they had differences of opinion at times; after all, they were only human. And yes, they had moments of weaknesses and doubt, but again no one is perfect. However, one thing they all protected until the end of their lives was having one Nigeria for all Nigerians. Today, Nigeria is 57 years old. Nigeria has gone through many pains, but has also achieved significant successes."