South-East Senate Caucus Meet Buhari Over Marginalisation


Senators from the Southeast region of the country on Wednesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu led the delegation to the meeting which was held behind closed-doors.

Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, chairman of the South-East Caucus, Eyinnaya Abaribe, said the region “is far much short-changed at this time than other zones.”

Abaribe described their deliberations with the president as fruitful, adding that Buhari promised to look into all the issues raised.

“This is the South-East Caucus in the Senate and we came to see the President because of the issues we have in the southeast,” Abaribe said.

“We had a fruitful discussion with the president. He has promised us that he is going to look into the problems of South-East.

    “We know that there are problems everywhere, but we also believe that the South-East is the zone that is far much 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 we engaged him on.

    “There is a concerted effort from the people of the South-East to be sure that we engage with this government meaningfully. We are reassured with the response we got from the president and we look forward to further interaction with him in this manner.”

    On his part, Ekweremadu said the concerned presented to Buhari included the issue of general infrastructure- roads, rail and airports as well as the issue of security with him and that of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

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