- Senators from the south east zone who have recently met President Muhammadu Buhari revealed topics of private discussion
- Roads, general infrastructure, rail and airports conditions, security and the IPOB activities was on the agenda
The delegation of the Nigerian senators from the south east zone held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, November 9, at the Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja.
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The details of the meeting have just been made public by Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy of the Senate president Bukola Saraki, who said:
"For us from the south-east, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement. So we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the south east, including the issues of roads, general infrastructure, the rail and airports."
They senators asked the president to look into the state of security -- particularly the activities of the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) -- and infrastructure in the south-east region.
Eyinnaya Abaribe, the chairman of the south east caucus in the Senate, described their region as the most "short-changed" in the country.
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"We know that there are problems everywhere but we also believe that the south-east is the zone that is far more short-changed at this time than other zones.
We also talked about the issue of appointments from the south-east, especially with respect to the National Security Council. The President also told us that governors of the South-east have also engaged him on the same problems," Mr. Abaribe said.
The delegation that included included Sam Egwu, Hope Uzodinma, Andy Uba and Chukwuka Utaziwas was led by the Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.