Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari reiterated his love for Igbo people, adding that his alleged hatred for Igbos was made up by mischief makers.
The Punch reports that the president was represented by the executive director in charge of Administration/Training, Nigeria Television Authority, Dr. Steve Egbo on Tuesday, December 26.
This was during a special empowerment programme for widows organised by a non-governmental organisation, Chinedu Ogah Foundation.
He said: “All these accusations, permutations are all lies calculated to create bad feelings of Igbo people.
“I would remain a friend to Nd’Igbo. I recall that in 2002, I invited the late Ikemba Chukwuemeka Ojukwu to my hometown of Daura. We discussed about the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
“In 2003, I picked Dr. Chuba Okadigbo as my running mate in that year’s presidential election. If I hated Nd’Igbo, I wouldn’t have done that.
“In 2017, the Federal Government under my leadership commenced work on the Second Niger Bridge following its abandonment by the previous governments all these years.”
He called on other ethnic groups to emulate Igbo people’s unique entrepreneurial nature in order to move the country forward.