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President Buhari Two Days Visit To Ebonyi State

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President Muhammadu Buhari expressed dissatisfaction over the deteriorating state of security affairs in South East region, on Friday in Abakaliki at a meeting with South East leaders, during his 2-day visit to Ebonyi State.

The president said anyone seen carrying AK-47 in any part of the country, apart from the security officers, is a criminal and should be treated as criminal.

He said, ‘‘I must register my deep and grave concern with regards to the deteriorating state of security affairs in this region.

‘‘In the last 48 hours, I have been informed of the latest in the round of brutal actions carried out by gun-wielding terrorists, who prey on innocent and hardworking citizens.

“Unfortunately, these barbaric acts were visited upon those who have committed their lives to protect their fellow citizens.’’

The president was appealed to by traditional, religious and political leaders in the zone for the freedom of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The president said, ‘‘I have listened carefully to the various appeals from the elders to the traditional leaders regarding a wide range of options, and as I have said previously this matter remains in the full purview of the courts where it will be properly adjudicated.

‘‘My worry is for our hardworking and innocent civilians, for whom life is already tough and would like to earn a decent and honest living.

‘‘There are many that fit this profile and the government owes them that obligation to protect lives and property.

‘‘I will once again repeat, no one has the right to carry an AK-47, and anyone seen in any part of the country doing so and is not a law enforcement officer is a threat to our peaceful coexistence and should be treated as such.”

He also mentioned his government’s achievements in the South East, which are;

1. The reconstruction of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport and ongoing work on upgrade of the International Terminal Building.

2. The on-going N200 billion Second Niger Bridge and 10km six-lane expressway in Onitsha and Asaba which he assured to be completed before the end of the year.

3. The 5.5 million dollars Diagnostic Centre in Umuahia, which he said is already in operation.

Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi said, “On this issue of a political solution, I have never believed in IPOB’s method of operation, I disagree with them but we have gotten ourselves to a very terrible and pitiable solution.

“Some of us warned that we will get to this situation and some were playing politics with it.

”Mr. President, we are at crossroads. I have been to you and I have begged you for a political solution. Surprisingly and graciously you granted that. You said our people should initiate that and at the forefront is Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer.”

Written by: Abigael Daramola

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