Buhari visits Imo, hails Igbos

President Muhammadu Buhari during the Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, described Igbos as strong partners in Nigeria’s development during his first trip to Imo State after election.

He noted that where a thousand Nigerians gather, they must be Igbos in their midst and commended the mercantile spirit of the people.

“Igbos are all over the country and there is no part of the country where 1000 people gather without finding Igbos,” the president-elect said.

Mr. Buhari, who was received by the party’s supporters at the Imo International Conference Centre, Owerri, also appealed to the people to support the All Progressives Congress during the April 11 polls.

“I am here to thank you very much for at very difficult circumstances, you stood by the APC and you stood by me,” Mr. Buhari said.

“Imo is very strategic and this is the sixth time I will be coming to Imo. I am overwhelmed by your governor, Rochas Okorocha, for his tenacity of purpose.

“I have watched him fight tooth and nail to see that Imo people have a level playing field to vote for the party of their choice.”

The president-elect also commended the governors of Rivers and Edo states, Rotimi Amaechi and Adams Oshiomhole, respectively for fighting hard to ensure that their people have level playing fields to vote.
He said the time has now come for Nigerians to vote for people and also remove them when they fail to perform.

“I came here to ask for your votes and I promised to change the vicious cycle of insurgency, corruption and failed economy,” he said.

“I want you to go back and work hard to ensure that Governor Rochas Okorocha wins the coming election.”
He also called for the people to vote for candidates of the party vying for seats at the state assembly to enable the governor work smoothly when re-elected for the second term.

Speaking earlier, the APC National Chairman, Johan Oyegun described Mr. Buhari as a man who was declared president even before INEC officially declared him winner of the March 28 poll.

Mr. Oyegun said the Igbos are the most hardworking and more adventurous people in the country and urged them to re-elect the state governor for a second term.

Also speaking, Mr. Okorocha described Mr. Buhari as not only the President-elect, but also the Commander in-Chief of the Changed Armed Forces of Nigeria.

Going religious, Mr. Okorocha said a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved President, with who I am well pleased.”

He said Mr. Buhari is a stabilizer, saying soon as he named president-elect, the stocks went up and the dollar went down.

He, however, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat even before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the result of the election.

“Let me put my hand on my forehead to salute President Jonathan for his show of maturity,” he said saluting the president on camera.

Addressing Mr. Buhari directly, he said, “Let me remind you that you are now the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not the President of the APC.

“Today, we shall have a new Nigeria and President Okechukwu Buhari is the president of that new Nigeria. I know that when you take over power, corruption will be a thing of the past. I know that when you take over power, insurgency will be a thing of the past.”

He prayed for Mr. Buhari to be successful in his new office and advised that the issue of Igbo marginalization and trauma be addressed.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Despite his 9-minutes address, which he struggled to deliver, with obvious signs of tiredness and exhaustion, I do not think our Imo brothers will give the state to the Association of Pretentious Characters.

    • igboapc

      WE HAVE ALREADY DECIDED WHO WE WILL VOTE FOR IN IMO STATE.
      WE DO NOT NEED OUTSIDER TO COME AND TELL US WHOM TO VOTE.
      WHAT WE WANT IS FOR BUHARI TO SAVE APC VICTORY AT THE POLLS.
      ALL OUR 5 MILLION VOTES WILL BECOME NULL AND VOID IN LAW UNLESS:

      • Ha

        you will see it in 2023.

      • sapas

        HATERS YES ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVED THAT NIGERIA WILL CONTINUE TO BE A STATE WHERE STEALING IS NOT CORRUPTION ARE HATERS OF GMB AND HIS DESIRE TO GET RID OF CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA….ALL HATER CAN GO AND HANG……

    • C3kwe

      Rochas is gunning for ministerial appointment. He is planning to handover to his son in -law should he win the election. A vote ❎ for Okorocha is a vote for his son in -law. Imo people should not take the risk. People should vote wisely.

      • Papashango77

        How did you know all these?

  • Taster

    Judgement day for all traitors – No return ticket for okorocha.

    We fought biafran war, endured hardship that comes with it – insults, deprivations by the government of the day, and now an oba of lagos has threatened to drown the igbos in the lagoon should we fail to vote his candidate.

    Ndigbo as a nation have conquered death – nothing else can cow us – together in brotherhood we stand, we did the right thing voting Gej n pdp, and now is the time to vote out the okorochas n the amaechis.

    • Colonel Mariama(rtd)

      We fought biafran war, endured hardship that comes with it

      >>> I AM TEMPTED TO ASK YOUR AGE THEN. MIND TELLING US?
      I GIVE BUHARI CREDIT FOR AT LEAST CAMPAIGNING IN THE SE , UNTIL IN THE 2011 ELECTION WHEN HE WAS A NO-SHOW.
      YOU MAY HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING IN VOTING FOR GEJ BUT ALSO REMEMBER THAT GEJ’S PEOPLE LITERALLY STOLE YOUR PROPERTY AFTER THE CIVIL WAR WHEN THE NORTH RETURNED EVERY SINGLE ONE. GEJ’S PEOPLE ALSO SOLIDLY BACKED BIAFRA THEN MADE A DEAL WITH GOWON AND BETRAYED YOU. SHOULD I GO ON? GEJ’S PEOPLE MASSIVELY VOTED AGAINST AZIKIWE BOTH IN 1979 AND 1983. WANT MORE INFORMATION?

      • musa aliyu

        Mariamah the Colonel. Welcome back. Better admonish your people. living in opposition they can’t endure. They should shelve hatred for the Hausas like you seem to have done because their hatred is fertilizer to the growth of the North. Never will a Biafra be possible again.

      • Abdulazeez Oyibo

        To be in opposition is akin to marginalisation. You cant kill your parents and pray the court to pardon you under the pretext of being an orphan! This is simple calculation and I know the average Igbo man is a mobile calculator, so WTF is going on?

        • Segun

          Abdulazeez I think your analysis is baseless and lacking intellectual rigor
          Opposition is akin to marginalization?
          really?
          Tell me when Bola Tinubu and his Alliance for Democracy were in opposition in the entire South West were they marginalized?
          Tell me when the North voted in mass for the ANPP and the CPC against obasanjo and Yaradua and GEJ respectively would you consider that the North was marginalized?
          Does being in the opposition to use that word loosely actually equate to being marginalized?
          Tell me are there no advantages that a defined group gets as a result of being in the opposition?
          I refer you to extended reseach in this area developed by an American political economist -professor Downs 1957 and Riker and Ordeshook 1968, 1973 on expected Utility maximization in the rational voter hypothesis.
          What I see in your write up is clear intellectual laziness.
          There is an inability on your part to go beyond a singular event ( the Buhari selection) and you draw conclusions that are totally devoid of critical analysis – the Black mans problem
          abdul let me suggest that before you demonstrate any further how shallow you are intellectually, that you consider supporting any other posts with corroborative evidence.

          • Abdulazeez Oyibo

            Frankly, I am shocked by your response and insults to my person. Assuming you are better intellectually placed, is this how you would go about educating me? Please come down from your high horse! Your reference to a US scholar on the subject shows how misplaced your theory is in the Nigerian context. Now tell me,why did OBJ refuse to release the local government allocation in Lagos state? Would the case be the same if Lagos were a PDP state? I recall most state Governor’s who refused to paddle GEJ canoe where brutally ignored in infrastructure development. I recall Kano state suffered a lot as Emirates Airline willing to fly Kano route were refused Federal permits/rights and Niger state Governor said he couldn’t afford to be in opposition because they stand to lose FG patronage . Bornu state is a different kettle of fish. GEJ entered the state in the heat of the insurgency to campaign but refused to see the governor beside almost a low budget for its development despite the attendant destruction of its people and infrastructure, why? Good answer! Our Rulers are way down, deep, below in the knowledge of democratic norms and practise. These are realities and not theory. Without much ado, the word opposition reflects heat and going against the order, albeit in a legal manner. Even the president elect has said Lagos cannot afford to be in opposition,why? Ask Senator Ngige! Your outburst is an exercise in academics and ill be damned if I haven’t had enough at my age. Nevertheless, heat is not a negative current as with heat, comes light. Good day

          • Abdulazeez Oyibo

            Sequel to my last post, I admit that my reference is strictly in the Nigerian context as it relates to recent events. From a global perspective, the application may give room to ambiguity as civilisations differ. Political events in Nigeria which climaxed by the defeat of the incumbent president by the opposition, I’d say with the risk of sounding immodest , a ‘locus classicus’. It would give the opposition an opportunity to prove that there’s another way, a result driven way of coexistence. I noticed from your post that your averments are driven by academics which I’m not averse to but we must not lose focus of the subject and context.

      • Taster

        You don`t need to be told a thing about where am coming from – as age won`t mean a thing to you either.

        Our niger-delta brother-nation did more than you`ve just mentioned against the igbos, but still in brotherhood we stand.
        Besides, we ndigbo make our choice n need no outsider like you to tell us thing.

        • Raqruq

          don’t give us craps about making choices, Igbo’s always go with the Government of the day, no matter how unpopular such Government is,

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          So, you are no longer “Lola Says”?

      • tundemash

        Fake colonel, how long will you loud mouth for your threat to materialise. You coward are still a no show in my house.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Many thanks, Sir.

        I have rarely had cause to say this to you, but I am overwhelmed by this comment of yours.

        Many thanks, for real.

      • Riot50000

        Igbos are showing JEG’s people they are better and bigger people. GEJ’s people should LEARN from this experience that being a rebelious little brother does not make a benevolent big brother hateful. The same People they helped during the War killed KEN SARO WIWA, the Igbo hater, who was made a senior Prefect at an Igbo College in Umuahia. FORGIVENESS is Igboness. Learn from them and Nigeria would be a BETTER place.

    • Micheal

      Speak for yourself Taster

      • Dr. Norom

        Taster is speaking for real sons and daughters of Imo state. Buhari came to Imo as a Hausa- Fulani conqueror who committed crimes against the Igbo during the Nigeria-Biafra War; and he is yet to apologize for the atrocities. He has not even condemned the threat by the Muslim oba of Lagos to kill the Igbo knowing fully well that that threat was made because the oba knew that Buhari is a fellow Igbo killer/hater; the oba would not have made the threat if Jonathan had won. Moreover, in a recent BBC Hausa program, Buhari confessed that he would repeat what he did during the war if given another opportunity: Kill more Igbo. Coming from Okorocha’s part of Imo and as someone who made a little contribution toward his election, I am so disappointed in him: for trashing the memory of Ikemba who endorsed him, flying Igbo Christians to Abuja and encouraging them to convert to Islam (Could you imagine Kwankwaso of Kano flying Muslims to Owerri to convert to Christianity?), allowing his goons to abuse priests and to desecrate the Catholic Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri, a church to which he claims to belong, for running a very corrupt and unaccountable government and by destroying the local government system in the state. Okorocha is a “Sabo.” He and the APC are “Toast” in Imo state and throughout the South East and South South..
        Dr. Norom

        • O B

          Okorocha is not a true igbo man seriously.he called ndi igbo little brains and myopic minded people.just look at an idiotic who could not defend the office he is holding .he has no business acumen not to talk of how to manage the resources of imo state.he is an agent of distablisation sent by Hausas to insult ndi igbo.he has no other project to embark on rather than building mosques in imo state and importing school uniforms from China thereby taking away iincome from our local industries . embarks on lots elelephant projects everywhere without any plans where the money for the projects everywhere will come from.he has siphoned imo states treasury without any income for the state.Sabo

    • tundemash

      Shameless Ashawo,
      you are back after all your propaganda failed to prevent Buhari from becoming President, Okorocha is now your headache.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Abi o, from “Lola Say” to “Taster” now.

        Shame don catch am!

      • Johnson Uduevbo

        Thanks for telling her

  • Yusuf

    The Igbos actually did well on March 28 and Imo in particular; even though the Igbo did not vote for Buhari in mass but they also disallowed rigging in mass…Do not shoot your selves again like u did with our man-Ngige…Pls Vote Rochas for your own good, and for a greater Nigeria…if u fail, your children will blame u for marginalization, for, in the next 50yrs u may not find a nationalistic Igbo politician like ‘My Governor’

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  • Guguru

    Buhari,

    Well done.

  • burning spear

    Buhari visited Imo state but refused to apologise over the statement credited to the oba of Lagos THAT HE WILL throw the Igbos into the lagos lagoon—now some AWARD MARKS to him with regards to improvement in the stock market—-that should go to Jonathan who conceded defeat—In the case of Buhari–in 2011 it was baboon and dogs will soak in blood-that was what came from his Fulani mouth—he is yet to congratulate————–Jonathan over his victory at the polls in 2011–instead Nigerians were visited with death threats-b y him and tinubu–time for the igbos to stand firm-The Yorubas did not get to the centre–by voting PDP—THEY GOT THERE WITH THE PARTY THE TINUBUS CREATED-ACN———-VOTE OUT ROCHAS–THE Igbos DID NOT NEED THE AID OF THESE FULANI TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT THEY ARE MADE OF–

    • August January

      Allegations! Allegations!! When it was reported that Pastor Oyedepo “allegedly” said God would open gate of hell for whoever would go against Jonathan, did Jonathan apologize on his behalf? Clear your brain! PDP wants Lagos by all means, and has to continue its usual blackmail one way or the other for that purpose. The blackmails of PDP through Fayose and Fani Kayode are still fresh in our minds. But God has disgraced you all. As God lives, more disgrace is in stock for you on Saturday again

    • Comfortkay

      Your name is burning spear? Are you not afraid that your running mouth will soon burn?

      • Johnson Uduevbo

        I will answer u yes kkkkk

  • burning spear

    iT WAS Buhari WHO LOCKED UP THE late GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE –SAM MBAKWE—IN HIS GULAG–AND THEN TOOK OFF WITH HIS JUNIOR WIFE———HE IT WAS WHO PUT ALEX EKWEME IN JAIL—–WHILE HE LEFT SHAGARI RELAX IN GOVERNMENT GUESS HOUSE——WHAT HAS CHANGED BETWEEN THEN AND NOW————–? tHE FIRST THING BUHARI SHOULD HAVE DONE WAS TO HAVE APOLOGISED OVER THE OBAS COMMENTS– HE DID NOT EVEN WHEN HE VISITED LAGOS–WHAT A SHAME

    • Michael Olanrewaju

      oga ,we cannot move forward like ds I mean what will you gain from misleading people. let move forward and with God all will be well

      • GOODBYEtoBADLUCK

        That is the kind of people Amnesty in Niger Delta has produced over the years. They are all lazy and mentally challenged freeloaders!!

  • sapas

    Forget about them the peoples General Stealing is not curruption to most the people in ss and se……they are haters of you and transparency in Governance…..