President Muhammadu Buhari was on Tuesday conferred with a chieftaincy title of Ezienyi Oma (Good Friend) of Ebonyi State by the state’s traditional rulers council.
The president was also conferred with the title of Ochi Oha Ndigbo (leader of all) of Igboland by the south-east traditional rulers.
Mr. Buhari, who is visiting the region for the first time since he became president, said the diversity of the country makes it unique in the committee of nations.
“My presence here today is a demonstration of my strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique among the nations,” he said.
He assured the people of South-east of his administration’s commitment to execute projects that will lead to the fast-tracking of development in the region.
According to him, in keeping with his promise to South-east leaders, the 2018 budget which he recently presented to the National Assembly, captured many projects in the zone.
“When I met with leaders of the South-east last month in Abuja, they raised several issues of concern including the state of roads in the region. I want to assure you that we will deliver on our promise. Our 2018 budget include many strategic projects for the region in roads, power, agriculture and social sector,” the president said.
It was gathered that on arrival, the president inaugurated two multi-billion naira flyovers on the African trans-Saharan highway which passes through Abakaliki to Cross River and Cameroon.
He also laid the foundation of the ultramodern shopping mall to be constructed by the state government.