I came into govt with clear conscience, will also leave clear conscience – President Buhari

Assuring South East leaders of his plan to visit the region,
President Muhammadu Buhari, has said he has clear
conscience for the nation.
Buhari who hosted leaders from the region on Friday in
Abuja assured the stakeholders that the region would
benefit more from roads and coastal rail projects to boost
the nation’s economy.
He told leaders led by Deputy President of the Senate, Mr
Ike Ekweremadu, that 2nd Niger Bridge, East-West road
and the Coastal Rail project were receiving utmost
attention from his administration.
The President said that counterpart funding from the
Chinese government would substantially fund the projects,
which when completed, would improve the welfare, well-
being and economy of the region.
“I know the Chinese are very competent in handling such
projects and we will ensure that we get the money for the
projects to take off.
“I thank you for articulating your demands and I want to
assure that we are doing our best for the country.
“If we can stop people from stealing, then there will be
more resources to put into projects that will create
employment for Nigerians,’’ he said.
On allegations of under-representation of Igbos in his
government, Buhari said: “ I gave South-East four
substantive ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs,
Trade and Investment, Science and Technology, and
“Seven states in the North got Ministers of State and of
the two ministries headed by your sons, I cannot take any
decision on foreign policy and investments without their
He also promised the leaders, comprising governors and
ministers from the region, President of Ohanaeze, Chief
Nnia Nwodo, and representatives from the National
Assembly, that he would visit states in the zone soon.
“I want to assure you that I came into government with a
clear conscience and I will also leave with a clear
conscience,’’ he said.
Earlier, Nwodo had articulated the demands of the zone
and highlighted issues of state creation, restructuring,
federal projects – Enugu-Onitsha road, Enugu-Port
Harcourt road and Aba-Ikot-Ekpene road, among others.
Nwodo also demanded urgent presidential interventions
on the Enugu Airport, reticulation of the gas pipelines in
the South-East and the standard gauge plan for railway
He commended the president for “remarkable
achievements on security and the fight against
“We are ready to work with you; we are determined to
work with you. We know you are a decisive leader and we
know God will continue to give you the wisdom to govern
Nigeria,’’ Nwodo declared
In his contribution, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi expressed
satisfaction on the outcome of their discussions with the
president on critical issues affecting the region.
“You have no hatred for any state. You have treated all
states with equality. What one state gets in the north, the
other gets in the south,’’ the governor said.
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