President Buhari Meets With South East Traditional Rulers
Just as some supporters of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu besieged the federal high court in Abuja on Thursday in solidarity with their leader who was brought to court for bail hearing, President Buhari met with monarchs from the South East, same day. Could the clash in timing be mere coincidence, or planned by the president’s men?
The meeting was ostensibly held for both parties, government and the chiefs, to rub minds and iron out certain issues which the president considered as needful to be addressed. He particularly used the occassion to enjoin them to ask those who are in the habit of preaching a break up of the country to desist from such, he said:
The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult. From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people. We should concentrate on these and be very productive.
The president gave assurances that the region would benefit from the projects to be embarked upon by his administration, including the revamp of the railway sector. On their request for more representation for the South-East in his government, the President said that he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the South East”, on account of which, he gave four out of the five states in the region senior ranking Ministers in his Cabinet.
He also appealed to the traditional rulers to persuade their people to give his government a chance, assuring that the issues of kidnapping and cattle rustling, which he described as “unfortunate”, will be government’s next target, now that “we have managed to calm down the North-East”.
Leader of the delegation and Chairman South East Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Eze (Dr) Eberechi N. Dick, made requests for roads and other projects among other issues deliberated upon, he also assured the President of their support for his administration.