Buhari promises more projects for South-East – Umahi

Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Dave Umahi, yesterday told Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) to expect more projects from the Federal Government for the region. He said President Muhammadu Buhari had assured them that he would look into the requests of South-East Governors’ Forum and Igbo leaders to construct more projects for the zone. Umahi who was addressing the group when they paid him courtesy call at Government House Abakaliki, where he briefed them on the outcome of South East leaders meeting with President Buhari on Thursday, and threatened not to have dealings with any group that castigate the president, governors and all those in positions of authority in the country.

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He explained that what South East needs was projects that would develop the region and not castigation of leaders of the country. Umahi said: “After Igbo leaders meeting in Enugu, I was directed to go and see Mr. President in Abuja on the welfare of Ndigbo and I went.

We told him that the way Kaduna is very important to the North is the way Enugu is to South East and Akanu International Airport should be made to be like Lagos airport. The president asked ‘is that all you want and we said yes?’ and he agreed to do it. He told me to join him to South Africa for the welfare of our people in that country and I followed him to South Africa. “When we were in South Africa, I approached him and said Your Excellency what you promised us had not been done and he promised to do it. Immediately he returned from South Africa, he did it and we did not know he has done it.”

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