Buhari President lands in Enugu ahead of visit to Ebonyi, Anambra

The president's two-day visit to the southeast has commenced.

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President Muhammadu Buhari waves at the people who were at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, to welcome him play

President Muhammadu Buhari waves at the people who were at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, to welcome him

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State ahead of his two-day visit to Ebonyi and Anambra states as part of his tour of the South Eastern region of Nigeria.

According to the president's Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, the president was received at the airport by Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha

Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, as well as traditional rulers were also at the airport to welcome the president.

After visiting the Presidential Villa last week, Governor Okorocha had revealed that the president's visit is part of efforts to improve the relationship between the region and the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.

IPOB threatens violence against President Buhari

Tensions have recently been heightened in the region after the military's controversial Operation Crocodile Smile II had led to confrontations between soldiers and members of separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

In reaction to the president's visit, the group's spokesperson, Emma Powerful, released a statement on Monday, November 13, issuing a stern warning to President Buhari to cancel his trip.

He warned that the president's presence on Biafran soil will provoke the proscribed terrorist group to violence and criticised southeast governors and the Ohaneze Ndigbo for their involvement in the president's visit.

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The group hinged its agitation on the president's culpability in the death of 91 IPOB members who were allegedly killed in confrontations with the Nigerian Army in September.

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