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Opposition spreading lies to pitch Igbo against me, Buhari alleges

From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, lamented that some persons opposed to his government were spreading false accusations aimed at painting a picture that he hates Igbo people.

The president also said that the aim of the purveyors of the ‘lies’ was simply to pitch the Igbo against him.

The President expressed said this at the residence of the National Coordinator of Buhari/Osinbajo Initiative for Demonstrating Change, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, in Ikwo, Ebonyi State, during the latter’s empowerment programme for his people under his foundation, Chinedu Ogah Foundation.

President Buhari, represented by the Executive Director, Administrration  and Training of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Steve Egbo, said that contrary to “these lies”, he loves the Igbo and would continue to work to protect their interests.

In the words of Egbo, “He (President Buhari) asked me to tell you that he loves Ebonyi State and the people of the South East as a whole. He asked me to tell you that he is a friend to the Igbo people. He asked me to tell you that all these accusations, insinuations, permutations and bombards are all lies calculated to create a bad feeling between him and Igbo people.

“He asked me to assure you that from the beginning that he has been a friend to the people of the South East and would remain your friend to the end,” he added.

Running down memory lane, President Buhari said that he had at different fora shown his readiness to truly reconcile with Igbo people whose millions of kinsmen died in the 1967/1970 Nigeria-Biafra civil war but his approaches were rebuffed by the Igbo.

Egbo continued, “During the course of our discussion, he took us down the memory lane which many people do not know. In 2002 when he made up his mind to join partisan politics, he invited Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to his hometown in Daura and they spent several days together and talked about the problems of Nigeria with a view to finding solution.

“At the end of that visit, he took Ojukwu to the home of the late Saduana of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello. This is the highest act of reconciliation. Those of you who are informed, will know what Sir Ahmadu Bello represents in the politics of Northern Nigeria and the country as a whole.

“In 2003, Buhari picked an Igbo man, the Late Chief Chuba Okadigbo, as his running mate. If he hated the Igbo the way we are being told today, I don’t think he would have picked an Igbo man. But our people refused to vote for him.

“In 2007, Buhari picked another Igbo man, Edwin Umezueokwu, our people again refused to vote for him. In 2011, he came back to pick another Igbo man as his running mate, but they told him sorry sir, we are in bed with (Goodluck) Jonathan and the PDP; that we have no time for you. That was why he went elsewhere to pick somebody else.

“In 2015, we all know how it went. Our people carried their eggs in one basket and it crashed. But instead of our leaders: governors, senators, ministers and others coming out to tell us the truth, they decided to deceive all of us. But we know the truth.

“Buhari loves the Igbo and he has continued to work to protect their interest. For example, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011, they promised that they would build the Second Niger Bridge but failed. In 2015 when Buhari came to power, we went there and discovered that there was no single trip of sand there. Right now, work is going on in the Second Niger Bridge” he narrated.

Meanwhile, Ogah said that the empowerment programme which no fewer than 1,000 persons benefit from was targeted at alleviating the plights of his people.


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  1. Mercy 27th December 2017 at 3:26 pm

    The president should not bother with Igbo people, he does not need them. The Igbo people certainly does not need or want him either, so there is no love lost. They know how to read between the liines despite your earlier attempts to hoodwink them.
    The only thing the Southerners want is for you to re-structure the country for a start with an aim for everybody to eventually go their separate ways. If you love Ndi Igbo, grant their request.

  2. Evang. Iloabachie. 27th December 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Mr. President of the Federal Repulic of Nigeria never mind what some people or Tribes are saying about you. Please do all your work in the RESPECT and HONOUR of GOD. With these two words no one have POWER to judge you Buhari, or win against you as President of Nigeria come 2019, If I be a true Ambassador of CHRIST JESUS.

  3. Simple Truth 27th December 2017 at 6:26 pm

    So Mr. Steve Egbo, or whatever u called your name. he paid u money to come and be saying all this nonsense. he loves Igbo, how many of them did u appoint as ministers in his government. how many project have he commissioned in the south east since he enter office. only sending army to kill our youths. can’t u use your brain mr Egbo?

  4. Eze Austin Stephen 27th December 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Who is fooling who MR PRESIDENT?

  5. Dr Uche Kalu 27th December 2017 at 9:45 pm

    That an Islamic bigot and a semi-illiterate like Mallam Muhammadu Buhari , is imposed upon Nigerians as a President is not only disgraceful, but a collective insult to many Nigerians.
    Buhari is neither academically qualified,nor morally fit to be a
    President of a multi-cultural, a multi- ethnic and a multi-Religious
    country of nations like ours.
    Those Igbo reprobates and traitors like, Mazi Chinedu Ogah and
    Dr. Steve Egbo are hereby warned to back off and to stop
    immediately with their silly campaign for that unabashed and a
    well known Igbophobe,called Muhammadu Buhari.
    Of course, Buhari’s records as an Igbophobe are well known and documented.
    In 1983,that erstwhile despot and a rogue usurper of power,
    Mallam Muhammadu Buhari overthrew a Democratic and a Legitimate Government of President Shehu Shagari,so that his
    Igbo Deputy, the late Prof.Alex Ekwueme should not succeed him.
    While he did put his Fulani Kinsman,President Shagari under
    house arrest,he incarcerated Prof- Ekwueme in the notorious
    Kirikiri Prison,Lagos.
    As a Military Head of State in the 1980s,Buhari broke an International Protocol by voting against a fellow Nigerian, Mazi Peter Onu for the Post of OAU Secretary General because, Chief Peter Onu is an Igbo and a Christian too.
    He did vote for Ide Oumarou,a Fulani kinsman of his from Niger
    Republic for that Post of OAU Secretary General.
    AS a Chairman of PTF ( Petroleum Trust Fund) under the late Gen.Sani Abacha,all we got in the South East from Buhari,were
    bed-linens and toilette papers for our hospitals and schools
    While in other Regions of the country Buhari financed dams and irrigation projects,road buildings,water bore-holes et al.Yet our
    South East is the second largest producer of petroleum in the coutry after the South South.
    One might be tempted to ask, the duo, Chinedu Ogah and Steve
    Egbo,where they were,when Buhari’s APC led Government,
    ordered a total cleansing of the Nigerian Army and the Police Forces, of top Igbo Officers as soon as Buhari took over from his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan?
    Where were Chinedu Ogah and Steve Egbo,when the Nigerian
    Army and Police invaded the South East and slaughtered Igbo
    Youths ,who were enaged in some peaceful processions in remembrance of our fallen War Heroes?
    What about 2016 and this year’s Python Dances (Egwu Eke)
    ordered by Buhari in Igboland?
    In those two episodes of the Nigerian Janjawee Army of Vandals and Morons Python Dancing Exercises,hundreds of Igbo Youths in
    Cities and Towns throught out Igboland were massacred in cold
    blood.Those were indeed pogroms against us Ndigbo jare.
    As a matter of fact,Buhari and his Fulani Caliphate of Sokoto see us Igbo Christians as a big challenge and a threat to their Islamic
    Hegemony over Nigeria. The Abokis are hell-bent to make our Fatherland,their fucking Usman Dan Fodio Estate.
    That explains why they love to hate us Ndigbo with passion.
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony!!
    All Hail Biafra,the Land of the Rising Sun!!!

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