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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that although the country is challenged in the area of security and corruption,  he is still committed to delivering on the promises to fight corruption and ensure a secure country for all in the remain two years of his administration.

He also said no one could accuse him of owning companies or mansions as president, as he had tried to be clean and avoid being held hostage.

The President spoke on Thursday while meeting with South East leaders in Owerri, Imo State, where he is on a one-day working visit.

The President said he would want to be remembered as the president who stabilised Nigeria in the areas of security, economic prosperity and triumph over corruption.

‘‘If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have,” he said.

‘‘Security is number one priority and then the economy. When people feel secured they will mind their own business.

‘‘Nobody can accuse me of having companies or mansions anywhere in the country and I thank God that I try to keep myself as clean as possible, so that I cannot be taken hostage.

‘‘I will do my best to ensure that Nigerians that try hard, succeed in their efforts.”

On the forthcoming 2023 elections, the president reaffirmed his commitment to free, fair and credible polls.

He, however, urged the leaders to honestly educate their constituents on the need to hold their elected representatives accountable.

‘‘The fundamental thing about the Igbo people is that there is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in-charge of either infrastructure or pharmaceutical industry,” he said.

‘‘Therefore, it is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria.

‘‘The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.’’

President Buhari also promised that the Federal Government would complete ongoing key projects in the South East, including the Second Niger Bridge as well as the railway lines and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.

The President earlier commissioned four projects executed by the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, including the Naze-Ihiagwa-Nekede-Obinze link road, the Balloon Driven/Flood Control drainage at Dick Tiger Road, the Egbeada  Bypass road and the New Exco-Chambers, Government House, Owerri.

In his remarks at the townhall meeting, Governor Uzodinma said Ndigbo believed in a united Nigeria predicated on ‘‘justice, equity and fairness.’’

He thanked the President for addressing the interests of Ndi Igbo through deliberate policy initiatives designed to give the people a true sense of belonging, including the ongoing construction of the Second Bridge, among others.

Governor Uzodinma said the people of South East would remain grateful to the president for approving the establishment of a Naval Base in Oguta Local Government Area of the state, adding that as time unfolds, the economic benefits of the base will manifest.

The governor also commended the president for strongly supporting the appointment of two prominent Igbos into two key international organisations – Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence, World Health Organisation (WHO).

In his remarks, the President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor, assured the president of the continuous support of Ndigbo.

‘‘Ndigbo are committed to Nigerian unity and there is news for those trying to push us out of Nigeria,” he said.

‘‘Ndigbo in Nigeria are like fish in the ocean and no matter how rough the storm is, it cannot drive the fish out of the ocean.

‘‘Mr President, it is in this context, that we see a new dawn in your distinguished presence in Igbo land and believe that on your return to Abuja the significance and substance of this visit will form new foundation of a platform for meaningful dialogue on critical issues of concern to the Igbo nation.”

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