The details of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State have emerged.
Naija News reports that the President had on Tuesday met with Governor Uzodinma behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the governor said he was at the villa to invite the president to the commissioning of the Owerri-Orlu road and the Owerri– Okigwe road.
Uzodinma disclosed that President Buhari has graciously accepted to come to the South East state next month to commission the roads and other projects.
The governor added that he briefed the president on the security situation in his state and the efforts his government has made to contain the insecurity.
He said, “I got the approval of Mr President to commission the Owerri-Orlu road and the Owerri – Okigwe road next month. The contractor is a world-class contractor that did construction, he has done it brilliantly very well and the roads are almost 95% complete. By next month they will all be completed, ready for commissioning by Mr President and Mr President has graciously approved that he will be there to commission the roads.
“I also used the opportunity to brief him on the state of affairs in my state, particularly, it has to do with the recent resurgents of banditry and the efforts we have made to contain the situation.”
The governor denied claims by the opposition that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was behind the attacks and killings in Imo and the country in general.
He said: “On the issue of the sponsor of banditry by APC. I want us to look at the issue of banditry in Nigeria holistically. If anybody’s telling you that the government in power is sponsoring banditry, how and why?
“How can anybody even think of a government sponsoring banditry in a country that they are in charge. If that is correct, assuming that is a possibility. How many states governed by opposition parties are under this kind of attack that we’ll hear from Kaduna every day. That we get from Imo state every day, that we get from Ebonyi state.
“So if we are ones, why are we attacking our own states? Why are we going to be enemies and opposition to our own governments? Among those that have been killed and houses that were attacked, how many of those buildings belong to the opposition party?
“Am I supposed to be attacking burning down my own house? Or do you think the Ebonyi governor will burn down his own house? Or the Kaduna governor will burn down facilities in his government? he queried.
“So we should be able to ask questions, but only as media practitioners but as Nigerian citizens. I just use this medium to call on Nigerian politicians to click play politicise without bitterness and stop letting blood here and there in the name of looking for power.
“I am no longer in doubt, as to who are the sponsors of banditry in Nigeria. Those who want to make Nigeria ungovernable cannot be the people governing Nigeria, currently. After all, we don’t have an election this year. The election should start by next year.
“So for completely one year, APC government is in power and will not encourage any disruption. So I think we reason and begin to think better than we’re currently doing. Nigerians should be more patriotic, our national interest should be uppermost in our minds,” he added.