Igbo not opposed to Buhari’s visit, says think tank
By Damian Duruiheoma, Enugu; Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia; Emma Elekwa, Onitsha; Chris Njoku, Owerri
A think tank, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), yesterday said that the Igbos were not opposed to the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari
to Imo State or any part of the Southeast.
Its spokesman, Abia Onyike, said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) does not speak for Ndigbo and has no right to stop anyone from coming to the region.
He said: “Igbos are not opposed to the president visiting any part of the Southeast which is under his control. We support him to visit. It is not our mandate to stop him.”
The Imo State Government said it was prepared for the second official visit of President Buhari to the state today.
The President is expected to inaugurate three projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The projects include the dualised Owerri-Orlu Road, phase one of Owerri-Okigwe road and the rebuilt Imo State House of Assembly complex.
Press tags have been issued to journalists for the event, while the state capital is wearing a new look.
The Imo Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, said every arrangement to ensure a hitch-free visit of Mr. President has been put in place.
Command spokesman Michael Abattam, said: “There is no cause for alarm. Already we have put all necessary mechanisms in motion.”
In Abia, security agencies tightened up security around the 17 local government areas ahead of the scheduled sit-at-home order by IPOB as its leader, Nnamdi Kanu makes a court appearance.
Sources within the security agencies told our correspondent that they have beefed up security in some parts of the state considered flashpoints.
Many residents defied the Monday sit-at-home in the Southeast.