Igbo traditional rulers under the auspices of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, have advised President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the grievances of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), with a bid to finding lasting solution.

Igbo traditional rulers led by Sir Eberechi Dick visit Buhari in Aso Rock, Abuja

The monarchs assured the President that they would continue to engage and preach to IPOB and other agitators on the need to embrace dialogue.

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According to the South East monarchs led by Dr. Eberechi Dick, “every problem of the nation can be best resolved through peaceful dialogue and respect for the rule of law.”

Dr. Dick who spoke on behalf of the monarchs added: “While we reassure Your Excellency of our total belief in one united and indivisible great nation of ours called Nigeria, we also want to call the attention of the Federal Government to some of their mentioned grievances for serious considerations, which includes neglect of the South East in the Amnesty Programme, deplorable state of Federal Roads and other infrastructure in the South East.

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“Relegation of oil producing states of the South East in NDDC projects and exclusion of the South East in key federal appointments.”‎

The group also called on Buhari to intervene in the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the zone.

The traditional rulers thanked the Buhari administration for awarding contracts for the construction  and maintenance of the Niger Bridge and federal roads within the South East geo-political zone, but requested for the rehabilitation of Aba-Ikot Ekpene, Onitsha – Enugu, Owerri Port Harcourt, Owerri Aba, Abakaliki federal roads. ‎

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They assured President Buhari of their unalloyed support for his leadership and programmes and the fight against insecurity in the country.‎

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