President Muhammadu Buhari has again reaffirmed his commitment to the unity of the country. Speaking at a meeting with the Council of South-East Traditional Rulers at the State House on Thursday, the President stated that breaking up the Nation was not a practicable prospect.
President Buhari said:
“The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult. From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people. We should concentrate on these and be very productive”
The president also assured the traditional rulers that the south-east will also benefit from the new railway architecture being put in place by his administration.
Speaking on the subject of lack of adequate representation, the President said he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the south-east”, on account of which, he gave the region’s four out of five states senior ranking ministers in the federal cabinet.
He appealed to the traditional rulers from the south-east to persuade their people to give his government a chance and to continue to serve as beacons of culture and traditions of their people.
The president assured the delegation that kidnapping and cattle rustling, which he described as “unfortunate” will be the government’s next target, now that “we have managed to calm down the north-east.”
In taking note of the profuse commendation for his administration’s war against corruption and insecurity by the traditional rulers, President Buhari expressed frustration at the endless nature of some ongoing trials, citing some of the cases as going far back to the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“We are asking the judiciary to clean itself. Nigerians are tired of waiting. They want some actions,” he lamented.
The President said he hoped that the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Attorney-General of the Federation will come to some form of agreement by which specially designated courts will give accelerated hearing to some corruption cases that are pending, arguing that “we want Nigerians to know we are serious.”
Chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick, made requests for roads, other projects among other issues, even as he assured the president of their support for his leadership.