President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Igbos to dismiss the ”senseless propaganda on secession.”
Buhari said this in his remarks at the Abakaliki Township Stadium during his state visit to Ebonyi State.
What he said:
Buhari said his visit was to demonstrate his strong belief in the unity of Nigeria.
He added that Nigeria and the Igbo tribe are inseparable.
The President said, “My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique among nations.
“The people of the South East are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent. There is no part of Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities.
“So I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are inseparable.
“We must therefore continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria. A Nigeria where we sustain our national unity without compromising on our cultural identities. A Nigeria where the aspirations of its people is guaranteed without prejudice to tribe or religion. A Nigeria, where we can sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.”
He stated that some Nigerians are engaging in senseless rumours and negative stories.
“Today, Nigeria is 57 years old. Nigeria has gone through many pains. But has also achieved significant successes. Its citizens are leaders in all aspect of human development. But we rarely celebrate these successes more.
“Some misguided Nigerians would rather channel their energy to propagating negative stories and senseless rumours,” he said.