Buhari calls for unity, promises more projects for South East

President Muhammadu Buhari (sitting) being confered with Enyi Oma 1 of Ebonyi by the Chairman, Ebonyi State Council of Tradtional Rulers, Eze Charles Mkpuma (l) during President's State visit to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Tuesday (14/11/17) with them is Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State (r) 06096/14/11/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari (sitting) being confered with Enyi Oma 1 of Ebonyi by the Chairman, Ebonyi State Council of Tradtional Rulers, Eze Charles Mkpuma (l) during President's State visit to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Tuesday (14/11/17) with them is Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State (r) 06096/14/11/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reiterated his belief in the unity of the country.

He spoke in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, when he paid a one-day visit to the state.

Mr. Buhari, who is visiting the region for the first time since he became president, said the diversity of the country makes it unique in the committee of nations.

“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 the nations,” he said.

He assured the people of South-east of his administration’s commitment to execute projects that will lead to the fast-tracking of development in the region.

According to him, 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.

“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.

Earlier, Governor David Umahi said the state was appreciative of the president’s support especially in agriculture.

He, however, appealed to the president for reimburse the state for its spending on the repairs of federal roads in the state.

A former governor of the state, Sam Egwu, 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 said.

The president was later conferred with a chieftaincy title of Ezienyi Oma (Good Friend) of Ebonyi State.

Mr. Buhari landed at the training field of the Nkwagu Military Cantonment at about 11:15 a.m. in a Nigeria Air Force Helicopter with the registration number NAF-540.

He was received at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, by governors of the South-east led by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, from where he was airlifted in an helicopter to Abakaliki,the Ebonyi State capital.

President Buhari was received on arrival in Ebonyi by the deputy governor of the state, Kelechi Igwe; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; former governors of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu and Martin Elechi; former Senate President, Pius Anyim; former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Frank Ogbuewu; former Minister of Health (State), Fidelis Nwankwo; former deputy governor of the state, Chigozie Ogbu; Zonal Vice Chairman of PDP, Austine Umahi; CEO Orient Global Ltd, Chukwuma Odi, among others.

He inaugurated projects including the 14.5 kilometre Abakaliki-Afikpo federal highway reconstructed by the state government, two new overhead bridges along the Afikpo-Enugu highway.

He also performed the ground breaking for the new tunnel named after him to be constructed by the state government.


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  • Frank Bassey

    “He inaugurated projects including the 14.5 kilometre Abakaliki-Afikpo
    federal highway reconstructed by the state government, two new overhead
    bridge along the Afikpo-Enugu highway.” A very good gesture.
    This visit is to prepare grounds for the planned defection of Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, to APC.

    • progressive

      Whether the governor defect or not at least buhari has made to ebonyi to shows that he is a president of all

      • front man

        Exactly! He his a president for all

        • victoria

          Good job Buari.Just continue like this execute more project in SS and SE so that you proof some people wrong. Visit them more support them. That is what good president do and we are glad you have started doing that.

      • woman leader1

        Yes oo and the noise makers are no where to be found.

      • Frank Bassey

        Man, your English is too poor. Is that how Buarists speak? Haba!

    • Night Crawler

      GBAM, he will be welcome with APC hands wide open

    • woman leader1

      You have no point.

    • pambegua

      Don’t forget the money the state use for the federal Government road will be refunded by FG. That was why during Anambra debate Obiano was ask why he did not construct Enugu-Onitsha road instead of building state own flyovers that cost 9bn in which the 9b is enough to construct Enugu-Onitsha road. He said FG owes him money

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    this is a welcome development in ebonyi state cos PMB is a man that keep his word..long live PMB

    • Olatubosun

      Sure…
      God bless Nigeria

    • front man

      We are indeed blessed with pmb

    • Night Crawler

      President for all, the best of his kind

  • Olatubosun

    God bless Buhari

    • Fijabi

      I hope you are not under any delusion that God is unjust? The punishment for evil men is that they will rot in hell. In fact, the hottest parts of hell. They shall be afflicted with strange ailment that will have no cure.

      • Olatubosun

        You are under spell

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari is a man of integrity

  • progressive

    Buhari have said it all we are all clamoring for the unity of this country those who thinks they can use their loots money to perpetrate evil acts in the country will surely be put to shame

    • front man

      Yes oooo, they will continue to be put to shame

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari is uplifting this country of ours to a great level

    • woman leader1

      Gbam

  • Olatubosun

    Let’s appreciate our amiable president

  • Decimator

    If that is the president of a country making a desserted backyard visit to a part of his own country, then dissolve the country with immediate effect.

    He has totally lost it and he knows it damm well.

    No amount of propaganda or pretentiuos preaching of a non-existing Unity can help anybody anymore.

    Thanks

    • Night Crawler

      Why making senseless comment, has he visited every part of the country, the answer is no, if you know nothing to talk about, the keep mute and read comment

      • Decimator

        Interesting note that the senseless comment has attracted the attention of your majesty.
        Thanks

    • front man

      Stop making a hell of noise

      • Decimator

        You have said it all by jubilating for a backyard visit.
        Nothing more to add.

  • progressive

    It shows that buhari is been loved by the igbos as well despite rumours been spread by the likes of fayose and ffk it shows that they are both e goats

    • woman leader1

      We all know that before, no more free money for them as usual.

  • progressive

    Kudos to the president buhari for the good work he is doing .

  • daygea

    PMB has the interest of all Nigerians in mind.

    • Night Crawler

      The best president Nigeria ever had

      • woman leader1

        Certainly!

      • mamaT

        GBAM

    • mamaT

      HE IS a blessing

  • progressive

    Sai baba sai buhari

  • front man

    We are really blessed with pmb

  • front man

    Pmb is being loved by the igbos

  • Night Crawler

    The PMB we know, the PMB we trust will do everything to make sure Nigeria is a great country under his tenure

    • woman leader1

      Very true

  • front man

    May God continue to bless pmb and his cabinets

  • woman leader1

    Pmb will always make sure that Nigeria is great and do all possible best to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians, we are really blessed with pmb.

  • woman leader1

    Pmb is a president for all, he belong to no one and belong to everybody.

    • mamaT

      Yes u are so correct, the government for the people

      • woman leader1

        For the people, by the people. We are indeed blessed in Nigeria.

    • Onosode

      God forbid bad thing. Brigadier Buhari cannot and is not my President. I am Niger Deltan and a dumb can’t be my president. Do you know how many Nigerians have committed suicide between May 2015 and today? Everything about buhari is SORROWS, TEARS & BLOOD.. pure evil man

      • woman leader1

        There is nothing you can say, president Muhammad Buhari is your president and remain your president because Niger delta is in Nigeria you can not change anything.

      • Julius

        You are a moron !

  • woman leader1

    President Muhammad Buhari is really the man we need in Nigeria.

  • obiora

    Shame is one of those important things Lacking in Black Man´s Blood. If Buhari has an atom of Shame he would not have waisted his time going to Abakariki because it will not stop God´s course on him because Blood of IGBO people he Killed.The Worst problem of Black Afrika is having these three Crooked Tribes in Afrika.(Hausa-Fulani-Yoruba) Hausa(Lawlesness) Fulani(Terrorist) Yoruba(Treacherous).

    • FineBoy

      Glad u don’t even know difference between curse and course.

      Continue with your ignorance and think God takes side.

      • obiora

        Teacher you can teach me then. But Evil doers and supporters of Evil must get back their reward. You will see it that No Blood will be wasted with out pay back.

        • FineBoy

          God does not punish the wicked to appease the wicked.

          Abel blood cries because it’s innocent blood shed. Not so in this case.

          Stop miss understanding the Bible.

    • Julius

      Lmaooooooooooooo@course on him ! Jesus, help us ooo . Curse not course

      • obiora

        Black men with black heart. You see the mistake but did not see the evil. How can Jesus help you Jesus is not Yoruba god.(Ogun) So no help for surporters of evil by Jesus only HellFire.

        • Julius

          I guess I’m “course” too…..hahahahahahaha..shame on you ! Na only Igbo man know Jesus,,,abi !

    • deri best

      Na Ibos no get shame……anything goes in their backyard provided der is money to be made..from it….an Igbo man will die inside———bingo has been der twice and failed–he can visit akwa ibom the camp of the traitors..cross rivers the house of reptiles—south east anything goes provided u pay for it.. der will be igbos to dance for u

    • DELTAN

      You should have added Igbo to it my dear. Even though I support Biafra 100%, I still believe their so called leaders are compound Mumus who have refused or should I say have not been bold enough to challenge the Nigerian state and demand equity. We the niger Deltans blow up things and take action and refuse to negotiate or agree to negotiate on our terms. If need be we confront the system and disrupt the thieving machinery. Apart from IPOB and its noble leaders like Sir Nnamdi Kanu, Emma Powerful etc all other political leaders are more or less Chickens…despite their control of commerce in many industries, education and influence in the diaspora they fail to strike a chord. The Hausas who have nothing could effectively use terrorism to get power and hold on to it. Now instead of Igbo leaders to support IPOB or remain neutral like most Northern leaders pretended to do as regards Boko haram, they (Igbo leaders) are busy running up and down giving the certificateless brainless Bokohari chieftaincy title. It is complete mumuism.

      • obiora

        I did not put IGBO people because Igbo people are ready to fight their Criminals which these three Tribes are not.

    • tundemash

      How far with the threat by IPOB and Emma Powerless ? Cowards die several times.

      https://www*thisdaylive*com/index.php/2017/11/14/ipob-threatens-umahi-asks-buhari-to-shelve-seast-visit/

  • mamaT

    This administration deserve an excellent credit cos of the tireless effort God will continue to crown all the tireless effort wit success…. ijn

  • Realchange

    A man of trust

  • SpeakOut

    PMB the man of the people is at it again, always on point, South east welcome you with good heart and warmness

  • deri best

    Name one Promise that that Bingo has ever fulfilled since he assumed the mantle of leadership via Boko haram ati the CIA….Time the Igbos are told to clone their own….Bingo was made in the south west…….Yr own na yr own…….wey yr own.? Let them reap from where they sowed in 2003 and 2007

  • THEARGUMENTATOR

    Papa to the Nigerian people as whole. God bless our country

  • Ndukwe

    Behold the Animal in craze man’s skin receiving a tradittional title. Shame of Igbos. The is a man that should be pelted with stones for our IPOB brothers he ordered shot and buried in mass graves in Anambra state last year.

    • tundemash

      Why are you not out there to pelt him with stones ? Who should have done it for you coward ?

  • Really

    The Certificate falsifier has just recieved what he loved most.

    A falsified chieftancy certificate.

    Kudos

  • Isa Adam

    PMB A PRESIDENT THAT HAS COME TO RESCUE NIGERIA FROM BAD GOVERNANCE, A PRESIDENT LIKE NO OTHER HE HAS GONE TO EBONYI TO DELIVER DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRACY TO THEM , MAY GOD BLESS THE HARD WORKING PRESIDENT AMEEEN.

    • dele20

      PMB is building one Nigeria

    • front man

      You have spoken well

  • dele20

    PMB wants Nigeria to always be in peace and unity.

  • dele20

    PMB is truly a Nigerian president, he possesses the right criteria

    • front man

      Well said

  • front man

    God bless Mr President for this united voice, Nigeria shall be great again

  • front man

    God bless Nigeria

  • thusspokez

    Buhari calls for unity, promises more projects for South East

    Big Yawn !!! Buhari reminds me of the house rats that anaesthetise one’s feet in between nibbles as one slept at night. Come morning, one wakes up to find blister and blood on one’s feet and wonders what had happened. And then the rats disappear only to return when the feet has heeled.

    Buhari and his VP (see how many westerners the latter appointed as aides) should cease using national unity as anaesthetic; and creating an illusion of leadership and honesty as they secretly go about undermining Nigeria’s unity. Nigerians have been lied to and deceived long enough !!!

    • Dominic Isaiah C

      The problem of Nigeria began from the late pro-independent and early post-independent eras. The only solution Nigeria requires now isn’t instilling disbelief in the mind of many citizens of this nation as your comments aid. There is always risk in achieving any success. Nigerians are trying hard enough to achieving the success of an impeccable government free of doubt of corruption. The problem is just not being well educated as our colonial British wanted us all to be. I know that education may not change greed but with it in the lives of 80% of Nigerians the corrupt shall tremble at the thought of the act. Instead of using disintegrating clauses and parables on Nigeria, advice us all to never give up in achieving a successful Nigeria free from corruption and menace.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    ONCE A TYRANT…….ALWAYS A TYRANT !!

    We cannot be deceived !!

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    A long overdue trip to the East, but better now than never.

  • Pluti

    I sometimes detest PMB but sometimes we all know he always stands with developing Nigerian institutions to control the future, which is something only a wise leader do with commitment. Something GEJ lacked, cos institutions are the bedrocks of a nation I think.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      I like your sincerity.

      • newday

        u mean his insincerity!

        • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

          Lolz

  • Eluba Inas

    What is wrong with Gov Umahi? He is always laughing like a hyena.

  • Okokondem

    Today is the second time in the past couple of weeks that I am aware of, Premium Times or someone deleted my posts for supposedly being unfavorable to Buhari and his policies. That sucks! You can’t claim to be an advocate for freedom of speech, which in fact is the bedrock of journalism, yet selectively delete comments you find contradictory to your personal or preferred views…that’s censorship.

    • Pluti

      Posts are deleted or not approved cos of vulgar words(mostly the 4 letter words) are noticed in the comments… it happens us all bro

  • Okokondem

    Premium Times and or whoever has resorted to deleting my posts for reasons of difference of opinion. Clearly they take offense to criticism of Buhari’s policies enough to engage in censorship. Such practice undermines your claim to investigative journalism.

    Go ahead, delete this post as well. What did I expect from a Nigerian establishment of which Premium Times is.