The Federal Government will provide the necessary infrastructure to the South East geo-political zone of the country to give further impetus to the spirit of industry, hard work and competitiveness for which the Igbo are known.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the promise on Tuesday in Aba, Abia State, when he embarked on a two-state campaign tour of Abia and Imo State.
“They deserve more and more infrastructure to further excel,” the President said.
Speaking at the occasion, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Chairman of Aba Traditional Council, Dr. Isaac Ikonne, Enyi I of Aba, called on all indigenes of Abia State to vote for the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate.
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He said the Igbo people would remain loyal and committed to President Buhari for the payment of pensions to ex-Biafran security personnel; for the administration’s policy on ease of doing business which, the traditional ruler said, had benefited the Igbo more than any other ethnic group, and the massive infrastructural development going on throughout the South East.
“You love Nigeria and you need to return to consolidate your fight against the monster of corruption and to take us to the Next Level. I want to assure you that Aba and Abians and indeed all Igbos will massively vote for you,” the royal father told the President as he raised his hand and proclaimed him winner of the coming presidential poll.
The second endorsement was by the secretary-general of apex-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, who had earlier expressed a dissenting view from that of his chairman in expressing support for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the imminent elections.
Okwukwu announced the adoption of President Buhari as the true Ohanaeze candidate who will be formally recognized as such at a coming event at the Aso Rock Villa.
On his part, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, welcomed the existing “synergy” between the federal government and his state which he said, had come with enormous gains that are cherished by the government and the people.