President Mohammadu Buhari, under tight security, on Thursday visited Imo State, which is seen as the hub of the pro-Biafra group, IPOB’s operations in Nigeria’s South-east.
The agitation for the independent republic for Biafra has led to killings and destruction in the South-east.
Mr Buhari, who is on a one-day working visit to Imo to commission projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma’s administration, talked about the importance of security, as well as infrastructure, in the lives of the people.
“If there are no roads, if there is no security, what can people do? Definitely nothing,” Mr Buhari said in his brief address in Owerri, the state capital.
He gave a thumbs up to Governor Uzodinma on his administration’s effort to develop the state.
The president commissioned a polytechnic, a road project and flood Control tunnel and a new executive chamber
“Seeing is believing”, the president said of the projects in the state.
“I accepted the invitation to come and see what the governor wanted me to see, and I have seen enough which certifies his integrity.
“I am very impressed with what he has done because I have gone through the same problem at the centre to make sure that infrastructure is what would enable the people to man their own businesses. I am very pleased with what I have seen,” Mr Buhari said.
Apart from Governor Uzodinma, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, and All Progressives Congress candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra, Andy Uba, were among those who received President Buhari.
The president is expected to hold a town hall meeting with leaders of the South-east before his departure to Abuja later today.