President Muhammadu Buhari has finally returned to Abuja after a two-day official visit to Ebonyi and Anambra in the South East region.
Recall that IPOB through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful had in a statement threatened to kill Buhari if he steps his feet in the South East.
”we will die with Buhari should he set his foot on the sacred land of Biafra. HE WILL NOT GO BACK ALIVE,” IPOB had said.
IPOB had claimed that Buhari was responsible for the death of its members at “Enugu, Nkpor, Igweocha, Aba, Onitsha and lastly Umuahia.”
However, Buhari had visited and returned back to Abuja alive without IPOB firing a single shot, Post-Nigeria gathered.
The President’s visit was the first since the inception of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.
Buhari, who commenced the visit on Nov. 14 with a state visit to Ebonyi, assured the people of South-East that his administration would ensure timely execution of roads, power and other projects in the region.
He gave the assurance when he addressed Ebonyi State Leaders of Thought and Traditional Rulers at a meeting in Government House, Abakiliki.
The President, who was also hosted to a state dinner organised in his honour, commended Ebonyi people for the warm reception accorded him during the state visit.
He said that the visit was a clear demonstration of his administration’s strong belief in the unity of Nigeria.
Buhari inaugurated the 14.5km Abakiliki-Afikpo Federal road constructed by the Ebonyi Government and launched the 700-metre dual flyover over the Trans-Sahara route, running from Enugu to Cameroon, and the Sen. Offia Nwali flyover, all in the state capital.
The President also performed the foundation-stone laying ceremonies of Ebonyi City Mall, another flyover and road tunnel named after him.
He unveiled the statue of Sir Akanu Ibiam, former Governor of the old Eastern region, whom he described as “a great Nigerian, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development would continue to be an inspiration to all.’’
Buhari, who commended Gov. David Umahi for ”his vision and commitment to the development of the state,” also thanked traditional rulers in the state, led by Eze Charles Mkpuna for conferring him with the chieftaincy title of Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi (Trustworthy friend of Ebonyi).
At another event with South East traditional rulers led by Eze Eberechi Dick, the President was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Ochioha Ndigbo (Leader of Igbo people).
He was also in Akwa, capital of Anambra, in continuation of the two-day visit to the South East.
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