President Muhammadu Buhari has said his task in the remaining 18 months of his administration is to stabilize the country.
Speaking at an interactive session with South-East leaders at Government House, Owerri, Buhari said; “I want to leave as somebody who stabilized the country, in the remaining 18 months”.
“I will make sure within the system I will stop corruption. Today elections are free and fair. I will try to keep myself as clean as possible”.
Buhari commended Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma for initiating some critical projects since assuming office last year.
The president inaugurated some of the projects during his working visit to the state on Thursday.
The projects included phase one of the Naze/Nekede/Ihiagwa/Obinze link road, the balloon is driven/flood control tunnel on Dick Tiger Road, the Egbeada By-pass road (now Iwuanyanwu Way) and the New Executive Chambers, all built by the Governor, promising to assist him to do more.
Speaking at Egbeada, the president noted that what he saw was enough to justify the resilience and integrity of the governor.
He said Governor Uzodimma has shown he has been working hard to ensure that the people of Imo State have access to the best of dividends of democracy.
Buhari added: “I have seen enough that justifies the integrity of your Governor. Your Governor’s ideas on road infrastructure and security coincided with my own and I assure you that at the centre, I will try and encourage Imo State within the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
He thanked Imo people for their moral support to the government as regards his visit and particularly for conducting themselves well to accord him a warm reception.
Governor Uzodimma during his speech expressed his profound gratitude to Mr President for honouring his promise to come to Imo State which he describes as a show of the president’s profound love for Imo people and their governor.
The governor informed the President that the harvest of commissioning of projects built by his administration commenced in March this year and recalled that President Buhari was the first to commission two strategic roads virtually and expressed happiness that he was the President was in “flesh and blood” to commission the projects.
The governor stated that the request for the President to visit Imo State was not for the fun of it, rather to commission some projects that are strategic, socially and economically.
He explained that the Naze/Nekede/Ihiagwa/Obinze link road commissioned by Mr President is only an addition to the 46 solid roads including the Muhammadu Buhari Avenue which houses the Federal Secretariat that has been already commissioned.”
Governor Uzodimma took time to explain the reason for the balloon driven tunnel.
“The Balloon-Driven Tunnel at the base of Dick Tiger road which we are commissioning today was built to check the flooding in the area and recover properties swallowed by flood in the last twenty years. The Tunnel is 2.5kilometers in length, 1.8 meters in diameter and between 0.9 and 11.5meter in-depth with 94 manholes”.
In their remarks, the South-East leaders who spoke through the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide pleaded with President Buhari to facilitate the release of all Igbo youth detained by security agencies across the nation.
In an address read by Prof. George Obiozor, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the leaders reminded President Buhari that the Igbo are committed to the unity of the country.
Prof. Obiozor who canvassed for a sense of belonging for Ndigbo in the spirit of the nation’s founding fathers based on one nation, one destiny, said such can also be possible through devolution of power.
The leaders further demanded improved road, bridges, railways and ports infrastructure in the South East and reiterated that security of the South East can be better if state and zonal security structures are introduced to complement what is currently at the centre.