Senators from South Eastern Nigeria Tuesday met with President Muhamamdu Buhari over the rising tension in the region over the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said they sued for dialogue as the best option in addressing issues plaguing the region. He said the meeting with the President was fruithful
He 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, airports and others.
“We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues.”
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who heads the South East senate caucus insisted that the region remain the most marginalized in Nigeria.
Abaribe said, “This is the southeast caucus in the Senate and we came to see the president because of the issues we have in the southeast.
“We had a fruitful discussion with the President. He has promised us that he is going to look into the problems of southeast.
“We know that there are problems everywhere but we also believe that the South East is the zone that is far much shortchanged 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 in the same problems we engaged him in.
“We are reassured with the response we got from the President and we look forward to further interaction with him in this manner.”