Buhari Shun South-East Summit After IPOB Threat

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The Federal Republic of Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari
The Federal Republic of Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday cancel a trip to the Economic and Security Summit which was held in Enugu, after some pro-Biafra agitators warned him not to set foot in Igboland.

Although the President was expected at the event, as noted by several speakers who spoke during the event but the president did not eventually show up, neither was he represented.

Also, ministers from the South-East, who were slated to make presentations at the event, all stayed away.

A pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, had in the build up to the summit, issued a statement, warning Buhari to stay away from the South-East, in his own interest.

While no mention of the IPOB warning was made throughout the opening session of the summit, Buhari’s absence was a major talking point as several speakers expressed surprise, and confusion, at the development.

The Chairman of the South-East Security and Economic Summit, former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, in his opening remarks, observed, and said “We have not seen the President.”

The chairman of the event, former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, drew attention to Buhari’s absence. he express regrets that Buhari was not present at the event.

He said “Like Cato, the Roman senator who always ended his speeches by calling for the destruction of Carthage until his call was heeded, I will restate my assertion that if the Nigerian federation is restructured to have less federating units, this country will achieve greater stability and faster pace of development, and there will no longer be a need for the Federal Government to bailout many of the non-viable 36 states.”