President Buhari was on Monday conferred with the Chieftaincy title of Ochi Oha Ndigbo (leader of all) of Igboland by the South East Traditional Rulers and Enyi Oma 1 (number one good friend) of Ebonyi State by the Ebonyi State Traditional Council.
On arrival in the South East for a working visit, The president was conveyed by a chopper from Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu landed at Army Barracks Nkwagu in Abakaliki at about 11.15am accompanied by the state Governor, Dave Umahi, who was among other South-east governors who had received him at the airport.
President Buhari was also given 2,000 bags of 25kg of Ebonyi rice, 2,000 tubers of yam and a white horse that signifies strength by the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi at the State Executive Council chamber, Abakaliki.
He met with the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, former governors of the state, the deputy governor, founding fathers of the state, speaker of the House of Assembly, Chairman and Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ebonyi State chapter, Secretary to the State Government, SSG, and the State Traditional Council at the Council chamber, government house.
President Buhari will be proceeding to the PA Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki where he will be interacting with the people of different walks of life.
He commended the state Governor, Chief David Umahi, for his warm reception and his commitment to the development of the state, said:
I am delighted to be here in Abakaliki to interact with the good people of Ebonyi State and indeed the South-east region as a whole. I want to express my gratitude to the people of Ebonyi State for their hospitality and warm reception since I arrived the state.
My presence here today is a demonstration of my strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique. When I met with the leaders of the South-east in Abuja last month, they raised several issues of concern including the state of the roads and infrastructure in the region.
I will like to commend His Excellency Governor David Umahi for his vision and commitment to the development of this state. Some of the projects I commissioned since my arrival are laudable. I am also grateful to the traditional rulers of Ebonyi State for the honour bestowed on me with the traditional title of Enyi Oha 1. I thank you for this honour and warm reception.
I want to assure you that we will deliver on our promises. Our 2018 budget included many projects for the region in the area of power, agriculture and social services.
The president upon arriving Abakaliki has already commissioned six projects including: a 700-metre twin tran-Sahara bridge linking Enugu and Ebonyi States with Cameroon, Senator Offia Nwali flyover, 14.5 kilometre Abakaliki-Afikpo road, foundation laying stone of Ebonyi City Mall, foundation laying stone of Muhammadu Buhari bridge and unveiling of Akanu Ibiam statue