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President Muhammadu Buhari was on Tuesday honoured with a traditional title by the Imo State Traditional Council in Owerri ‘Nwanne D’namba’, which loosely translates to ‘A Brother in Diaspora’, appreciating the Nigerian leader for love shown to the South-East, and sustained legacy of promoting peace and harmony in the country.
The Eastern Updates reports that President Buhari thanked Eze Imo, His Royal Majesty, Eze Dr Emmanuel Chukwuagina Okeke, CFR, for the recognition, assuring that he will continue to demonstrate his love for the South-East and citizens.
‘I thank you so much for this honour that I will continue to remember for the rest of my life. Thank you for getting all the senior citizens to receive us.
‘We have experienced difficult times as a country and discovered that it is better to carry on together,’ the President in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, said.
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President Buhari noted the value of a shared national vision that enhances cohesion, urging more harmony across state and national levels as ‘good neighbours’.
The President urged Nigerians to remain good neighbours and show themselves as good neighbours.
‘God has brought us here, and the party also brought us to you,’ he said.
President Buhari noted that he came to present the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to the council and indigenes.
The President said he had already followed Asiwaju to some states, including Nasarawa, Katsina and Sokoto, and was prepared to showcase the candidate in more places.
The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, said the honour was well deserved considering the historical impact of President Buhari’s administration on infrastructure in the state, with upgrade of higher institutions, road constructions and appointments in key positions.
The Governor said the commissioning of the MCC road in the central city by the President further revealed the penchant for approving projects that will improve the livelihood of the people.
‘Words are not enough to show our appreciation to the President,’ he said.
The Governor noted that crude oil theft in the state had been halted by creation of a naval base by President Buhari, and more security structures had been put in place for wellbeing of the people.
‘To further show love by our people on Valentine’s Day, our people have agreed to support our presidential candidate and other APC candidates in the polls.
‘Traditional rulers are not partisan, and they have told me in confidence that they will support our party because of love for President Buhari,’ the Governor added.
In his remarks, the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu thanked the Imo Traditional Council for the recognition on Valentine’s Day.