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Thursday, 9 September 2021

Buhari Meets S/East Leaders, Vows to Stabilise Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari says he will want to be remembered as the president who stabilised Nigeria in the areas of security, economic prosperity and triumph over corruption.


The president stated this at a townhall meeting with South East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo on Thursday.


According to him, with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as president, security still remains a major priority for his administration.


‘‘If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have.


‘‘Security is number one priority and then the economy. When people feel secured they will mind their own business,’’ he said. 


Buhari told the South-East leaders that while fighting corruption in Nigeria had become very sophisticated and difficult, he would continue to strive to leave a lasting legacy of integrity and accountability in the system.  


‘‘Nobody can accuse me of having companies or mansions anywhere in the country and I thank God that I try to keep myself as clean as possible, so that I cannot be taken hostage.


‘‘I will do my best to ensure that Nigerians that try hard, succeed in their efforts,’’ he said.


On the forthcoming 2023 elections, the president reaffirmed his commitment to free, fair and credible polls.


He, however, urged the leaders to honestly educate their constituents on the need to hold their elected representatives accountable.


While acknowledging the resourcefulness and enterprising spirit of Igbo people, the president 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.’’


The president, who expressed regret that successive governments at the federal level contributed to the decay of critical infrastructure in the country, said no country could make any meaningful progress without the development of infrastructure.


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