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President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, is leading other members of the apex socio-cultural group to the meeting.

By Emma Ogbuehi

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On the last day of his two-day visit to the Southeast state of Ebonyi, President Muhammadu Buhari is holding a meeting with the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndígbo and other leaders of thought from the beleaguered Southeast region.

The meeting, which is still ongoing, is holding at the New Exco Chambers of the Ebonyi State Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital.

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President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, is leading other members of the apex socio-cultural group to the meeting.

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Governor David Umahi, who is also Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, is also at the meeting.

Ohanaeze is expected to table critical issues about the region to Buhari.

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These will include the release of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention and the politics of 2023 elections and the agitation by the zone that for purposes of equity, fairness and justice, the presidency should be ceded to the Southeast in 2023.

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The delicate security situation in the region is also expected to be tabled before President Buhari.

Ohanaeze had in a statement on Tuesday said Buhari’s two-day working visit to Ebonyi would kick-start the process to get Nnamdi Kanu released.

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The statement read, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has given assurances of peace and security ahead of the planned presidential visit to Ebonyi State.

“This is part of the resolutions reached at the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders council meeting held in Abakiliki on Tuesday 3rd May 2022.

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“For translucence and clarity of purpose, President Muhammadu Buhari has been fair to Ndigbo with federal projects irrespective of the fact that his party’s declined fortunes and acceptance in 2015 and 2019 elections in the southeast, but the Chairman of Southeast Governors and Ebonyi Governor, Engr Dave Nweze Umahi has brought good tidings and paid huge sacrifices for Ndigbo to access the presidency and attract federal government’s projects and attention to the southeast zone.

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