President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday while receiving leaders from the South East region led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, responded to alleged marginalisation of the region in his government, declaring that he “came into government with a clear conscience and I will also leave with a clear conscience”.
He said, “I gave South-East four substantive ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology and Labour.
“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 input.”
He also promised the leaders, comprising governors and ministers from the region, the President of Ohaneze, Chief Nnia Nwodo and representatives from the National Assembly, that he will soon visit states in the zone.”
adding that the South-East will benefit more from roads and coastal rail projects, which are of critical importance to the economy, Buhari stated that the Second Niger Bridge, the East-West Road and the Coastal rail project, are receiving utmost attention from his administration.
He disclosed that the counterpart funding from the Chinese government would substantially fund these projects, which when completed will improve the welfare, well-being and economy of the people in 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, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.