President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the people of the South East that they will be given their fair share in appointments and allocation of projects in his administration.
The President gave the assurance when he received a coalition of southeast youths group who came to the Presidential Villa to declare their support for him.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President restated his commitment to do everything possible in keeping the nation together.
The group led by Steve Anyata declared their support for Buhari’s administration and appreciated God for bringing the President back home safely from his medical vacation in London.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s resumption broadcast has continued to elicit reactions ranging from strong commendations to condemnations.
Among those who found fault in Buhari’s speech is the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) which said the claims towards indivisibility were mere wishful thinking adding that it was hypocritical of the President to still believe in one Nigeria. In a statement, leader of the group, Comrade Uchenna Madu said:
“We the people of Biafra can never be deceived by a man Biafrans fully blooded with religious and ethnic sentimental hatred against the people of Biafra.
“Buhari in his inner sense of reasoning believes that with his kinsmen occupying the military positions of service chiefs, including all the most senior military offices/positions, he will easily crush Biafra.
“Maybe with his intimidating tendencies over Igbo governors, National Assembly members, religious/opinion/ political leaders, he still thinks he can crush Biafra.
Also reacting to the President’s broadcast, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo described the two years achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari as a mere political choreography which does not have direct impact on the lives of Nigerians.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the apex body, Prince Achi Okpaga, the APC was responsible for hate speeches and should first purge themselves before pointing accusing fingers.
“I join other well-meaning Nigerians in thanking God for the President’s miraculous recovery. It is however pertinent for the government to get on with business and start implementing the budget to the fullest.
“This administration has less than two years to prove its mettle, in all ramifications, to Nigerians. I am tempted to observe that the achievement the government is crediting to itself is a mere political choreography,” the group said in a statement.
The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) also faulted Buhari’s claim that the country’s unity was non-negotiable and settled, saying Nigeria’s continued existence must be negotiated by all parts for it to be restructured.
Reacting on behalf of the group, the ECA Secretary, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko described the President’s speech as “shocking” in a statement that read in part:
“Nigeria is tottering at the edge of the precipice, bursting at the seams and sitting on a combustible keg of gun powder, and Buhari and his speech writers are the only people who are unaware of this self-evident fact.
“If Mr. President does not, as a matter of urgency, set up a Constituent Assembly to draft a new people’s constitution that will be affirmed at a referendum before the end 2017, there may be no Nigeria by 2018.
“We also implore Mr. President to apologise to Nigerians without delay on his very provocative position on Nigeria’s very fragile unity.”