Buhari meets with South-east leaders, promises to tour region

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to embark on an official tour of the South-east region of the country, ostensibly to evaluate the level of Federal presence.

Buhari made the promise while in a meeting with leaders of the region led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

In attendance were governors and ministers from the South-east region, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and representatives from the National Assembly.

Responding to allegations of under-representation of Igbo in his government, the President said: “I gave South-east four substantive ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology and Labour.

“Seven states in the North got ministers of state and of the two ministries headed by your sons. I cannot take any decision on foreign policy and investments without their input.

“I want to assure you that I came into government with a clear conscience and I will also leave with a clear conscience,” he said.

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State expressed satisfaction on the outcome of their discussions with the President on critical issues and matters affecting the region.

“You have no hatred for any state. You have treated all states with equality. What one state gets in the North, the other gets in the South,” Umahi said, referring to budget support facility and stabilisation fund released to states and local governments since the inception of the administration.

 

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