IPOB threat: Buhari, ministers, absent at summit in Enugu

President Buhari has just canceled his planned trip to the maiden South-East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu.

Some pro-Biafran agitators had warned the President to steer clear of all Igboland.

Buhari was meant to be the Chief Guest of Honor at the summit.

The President did not show up at the event. As protocol demands, he did not send a representative.

Also, ministers from the South-East, who were slated to make presentations at the event, all stayed away.

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Recall that IPOB had issued a statement, warning Buhari to stay away from the South-East, in his own interest.

IPOB threatened ‘a breakdown of law and order’ should the President attend the summit.

The President’s absence was a major talking point as several speakers expressed surprise at the development.

The Chairman of the summit, Prof. Barth Nnaji, in his opening remarks, observed, “We have not seen the President.”

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo attended the event, though.

Nnaji substituted the president with Obasanjo and thanked OBJ for attending the event as the guest of honor.

Nnaji also thanked the Enugu State government for undertaking to sponsor some aspects of the President’s visit.

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, drew attention to Buhari’s absence.

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“I was going to start by saluting the representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“But I have not been told of such a person,” the retired diplomat said.

Anyaoku went further to express regrets that Buhari was not present at the event.

“I will restate my assertion that if the Nigerian federation is restructured to have less federating units, this country will achieve greater stability and faster pace of development.

“There will no longer be a need for the Federal Government to bailout many of the non-viable 36 states,” Anyaoku said.