Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu
The Buhari Support Organisation, Enugu State chapter, has said that voting President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in 2019 will guarantee a president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
The organisation also urged Igbos to show appreciation to the President for the ‘befitting burial’ he gave Second Republic vice-president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme by supporting his re-election bid.
In a statement released on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Chibueze Eze, BSO lauded Buhari “for giving a befitting burial to an illustrious son of Ndigbo and a pan-Nigerian who invented the convention of geopolitical zones and who served the country meritoriously as vice-president and in other capacities.”
Recounting the Buhari administration’s contributions to Ekwueme’s burial, Eze noted that the late elder statesman was accorded an official reception at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on hand to receive Ekwueme’s remains, while the Federal Government also organised a night of tributes for him in Abuja.
According to the BSO spokesman, the Federal Government also sent a ‘high powered delegation’ led by the vice-president to Ekwueme’s final burial rites at his hometown of Oko, Anambra State, on Friday.
Eze thanked Buhari for the gesture.
“During the final burial, the vice-president announced that the Federal Government has renamed the Federal University in Ebonyi State after Alex Ekwueme, to immortalise him.
“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for not only giving Ekwueme a befitting burial, but for also flying him to London for medical attention and capping it with renaming the Federal University in Ebonyi State after him,” the statement said.
The group urged Igbo to show appreciation to Buhari by supporting him for a second term in 2019.
“Port Harcourt-Maiduguri standard gauge rail line will soon take off.
“We maintain that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term is the fastest route for person of Igbo extraction to be president in 2023.
“Accordingly, supporting any other candidate from the North amounts to entering one chance bus,” Eze said.
Eze reaffirmed BSO’s conviction that President Buhari is fulfilling his campaign promises to Nigerians and Ndigbo in particular, pointing out that federal roads abandoned by the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-East, and the second Niger Bridge, are now receiving attention.