From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari as a young military officer fought for the unity of Nigeria, and so would always be welcome in any part of the country, the Southeast particularly, declares Igwe Maduabuchi Nevobasi, the Ezeani II of Mmaku Kingdom, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
According to a statement by Deputy Director (Information), Abiodun Oladunjoye, the monarch made the declaration Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja by while on a courtesy visit to Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
The monarch said apart from the war of unity fought by the young Buhari, the President has equally done many things for the Southeast, perhaps more than any of his predecessors.
“Look at the Second River Niger Bridge, which is going on at a frenetic pace. Enugu International Airport has a brand new runway and is now in use. The Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Onitsha-Enugu road, and many others are also things to point at in the region,” the Igwe said.
“We thank President Buhari for all he has done for Nigeria in six years. It has not been easy due to many challenges, particularly security, but the good work continues. Igbos would always welcome and support him, and we urge him not to relent in his efforts to keep the country together,” the monarch added.
On the fight against corruption, he lauded what he called “the admirable strides so far,” adding that there should be no let up, so that public funds can be safeguarded and utilized for development.
Igwe Nevobasi had bestowed the traditional title of Isimmri 1 of Mmaku (Main Source of Water) on President Buhari in 2018, and he says he did it “because we value the man, appreciate his love for country, and for us in the Southeast particularly.”
He assured that calm and peace would soon return to the region, as the traditional institution was working hard to engender reconciliation, and calm frayed nerves.
He had kind words for the President on the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State, submitting that with steps taken so far, Federal Government is evidently committed to a free and fair poll.
The Igwe commended Adesina for his service to both the country and to President Buhari, saying; “we appreciate what you have been doing. We ask God to protect and reward you for your love and dedication.”
Igwe Nevobasi said as a tested military officer, the President should spare no effort to ensure that insecurity became a thing of the past in all parts of the country.
Adesina thanked the Royal Father and his entourage for the visit, assuring that his principal was actuated by nothing else than love for the country and its people, assuring that the remaining 19 months of the administration would be used to further touch the lives of the citizens positively.
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