President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed insinuation that he dislikes or discriminates against the people of Southeast region, urging them to believe in Nigeria’s unity.
The Nigerian leader, who made this known while addressing a crowd in Abakaliki, during his two-day working visit to the Southeast, said his visit was a symbol of a strong belief in the unity of Nigeria.
He said, “My presence here today is a demonstration of a strong belief in the Unity of Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa with over 300 ethnic groups – our diversity is almost unique among nations.
“The people of the Southeast are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent.
“There is no part in Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities.
“So I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are Inseparable.
“We must, therefore, continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria while we sustain our unity without compromising on our cultural identities.
“We must work towards building a Nigeria that we can sleep at night, knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.”