By Dennis Agbo & Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday night, in Abakaliki explained that many appointees in his administration were appointed purely on merit and proven track records.
Speaking at a state dinner organised in his honour, President Buhari emphasised that he always considered what was best for the country in his decisions.
He said: “Some of the people holding high positions in the government, like my ministers, will tell you that I didn’t know them from Adam. I just came across their names from the records and I worked with the records. I thank God that I have a very good team.”
The president commended Governor David Umahi for his developmental strides in the state, saying: “The absolute commitment of the governor to his position is very remarkable and I am very impressed.”
Buhari, while expressing gratitude to God and the people of Ebonyi State for recognising his modest contributions to the country, described Nigeria as a great country with incredible resources and highly talented people.
MASSOB faults Buhari’s ‘campaign’ promises to Ndigbo
But in a contrary development, Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has described Buhari‘s promises to Ndigbo at Abakaliki as campaign promises, aimed at fooling the people once again.
MASSOB also said it amounted to insult for the President to have said his visit to Igboland in two years of his administration was a proof that he loved South-East people.
The group noted that for Buhari to describe Biafra agitation as a senseless and laughable propaganda shows how uncomfortable his government is and exposed his level of understanding.
MASSOB National Director for Publicity, Comrade Samuel Edeson, said it was ironical for President Buhari to ask leaders to lead by example, “yet he, Mr. President, has shown us the example by displaying hatred with passion against Ndigbo.
“It’s like Mr. President did not understand the tolerance and acceptance of diversity when the Fulani herdsmen are killing, destroying people’s farmlands and burning houses. Mr. President merely called them criminals.
“The Arewa youths gave quit notice to Ndigbo, they were addressed as youths. But when we said that we are no longer interested in the political entity called Nigeria, we became terrorists. Soldiers invaded our land killing our people and destroying our property and Mr. President called it tolerance and acceptance.”
MASSOB said that President Buhari’s promise to build Enyimba/Nnewi auto park was nothing but political propaganda, aimed at deceiving Biafrans.
“Mr. President also said that he stands on inçlusivity and will not leave any section or citizens behind. That is called a very grand lie from Mr. President.
“MASSOB wants to make it clear that construction of second Niger bridge, reconstruction of all the roads in ala Igbo (Igboland) cannot change our desire for Biafra restoration.”
“We can not be fooled again, this is campaign promises, MASSOB stand on what Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu told us about Biafra. Biafra is our life,our destiny and our future. Use of arms and fighter Jets cannot stop us,” Edeson said.