Buhari returns to Abuja after South-east visit

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 has returned to Abuja after a two-day official visit to Ebonyi and Anambra in the South East region.

The president’s visit to the South-east was the first since the inception of the All Progressives Congress-led federal government in 2015.

Mr. Buhari, who commenced the visit on November 14 with a state visit to Ebonyi, assured the people of South-east that his administration would ensure timely execution of roads, power and other projects in the region.

He gave the assurance when he addressed Ebonyi State Leaders of Thought and Traditional Rulers at a meeting in Government House, Abakaliki.

The president, who was also hosted to a state dinner organised in his honour, commended Ebonyi people for the warm reception accorded him during the state visit.

He said that the visit was clear demonstration of his administration’s strong belief in the unity of Nigeria.

Mr. Buhari inaugurated the 14.5km Abakiliki-Afikpo federal road constructed by the Ebonyi government and launched the 700-metre dual flyover over the Trans-Sahara route, running from Enugu to Cameroon, and the Sen. Offia Nwali flyover, all in the state capital.

The president also performed the foundation-stone laying ceremonies of Ebonyi City Mall, another flyover and road tunnel named after him.

He unveiled the statue of Akanu Ibiam, former Governor of the old Eastern region, whom he described as “a great Nigerian, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development would continue to be an inspiration to all.’’

Mr. Buhari, who commended Governor David Umahi for “his vision and commitment to the development of the state,” also thanked traditional rulers in the state, led by Eze Charles Mkpuna for conferring him with the chieftaincy title of Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi (Trustworthy friend of Ebonyi).

At another event with South-east traditional rulers led by Eberechi Dick, the president was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Ochioha Ndigbo (Leader of Igbo people).

He was also in Akwa, capital of Anambra, in continuation of the two-day visit to the South East.

While in Awka, Mr. Buhari ordered the police to restore security to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra and called for massive support to Tony Nwoye, APC’s governorship candidate.

He called on the people of Anambra to vote Mr. Nwoye of APC in the November 18 election.

The president made the call in a short speech at the grand finale of the governorship rally held for the APC governorship candidate.

He said Anambra people would benefit much if they voted for APC.

(NAN)


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