President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said that Igbo people are very relevant in Nigeria, adding that it is unthinkable for any Igbo man to clamour for a separate nation owing to the fact that they have successful businesses across different locations in Nigeria.
He further said that the people of the region are the ones in charge of the country’s economy.
He said this at a town hall meeting with South-East leaders during his one-day official visit to Owerri, the Imo State,capital on Thursday.
The President said that with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure, security remains a priority for his administration.
President Buhari, acknowledging the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of the Igbo people said, “The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in charge of either infrastructure or pharmaceutical industry.
“Therefore, it is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria.
“The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.”
This His comment comes amid constant agitations in the region by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, seeking a separate nation.
The President further noted that no country can make any meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure. He expressed regret that successive governments at the Federal level contributed to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country.
He promised that the Federal Government would complete ongoing key projects in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge, as well as the railway lines and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.
“I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses,” he said.