Post-Nigeria has gathered that President Muhamamdu Buhari, who came into power on May 29, 2015, has spent roughly 28 months in office, without stepping his feet in the South-East.
Further reports indicate that Buhari who was massively elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for now, has no plans whatsoever to visit the troubled zone, which has been clamouring for secession.
Some Political Analysts who spoke to Post-Nigeria’s Correspondent, averred that Buhari’s refusal to visit the South-East region, may be allegedly “premised wholly on the realisation that 97 percent is greater than 5 Percent.”
Post-Nigeria could recall that in July 2015, Buhari was captured in a video during one of his visits to the United States, apparently referring to the South-Easterners, saying: “Constituencies that gave me 97% cannot in all honesty, be treated equally on some issues, with constituencies that gave me 5%, I think these are political realities. While certainly there will be justice for everybody, everybody will get his constitutional rights, but while the party in constituencies that by their sheer hard work they made sure that they got their people to vote and to ensure their votes count, they must feel that the government has appreciated the effort they put in putting the government in place. I see this as really fair.”
Although, the Presidency had debunked the statement, saying that Buhari was quoted out of context.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, a few months, also linked the perceived marginalisation of the South-East geopolitical zone by Buhari, to the refusal by the zone to properly invest in the 2015 Presidential election.
The Minister had said that all his efforts to persuade the Igbos to wisely invest in Buhari’s Presidential bid in 2015 failed, because of lack of cooperation by many South-East leaders, who threw their weight behind former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Ngige’s statement unsurprisingly, reinforced the President’s statement at the outset of the administration that more focus would be paid on geopolitical zones that supported him, than those that did not.
“They refused to listen to me, and to make matter worse, there was no voting in most of the areas in the South-East; they just allocated 5 percent to APC.
“It was that bad, it is too late to cry when the head is off. Politics is a business in a way, you invest in the business, and you reap a profit.
“Yes, that is what it is. But all I want to tell you is that we played bad politics; we made a bad investment”, Ngige had said.
Below is the list, although not comprehensive, of Nigerian States which Buhari has visited since he was sworn-in:
- Katsina State (June, September 2015, May 2016)
Daura is the home town of the President. So, there is no wonder that Buhari has been here three times during the last year.
Barely after the inauguration, he paid a courtesy visit to Emir of Daura, Umar Farouk, in June, 2015.
In September last year, the President also visited Katsina State. Several weeks ago, Buhari declared open and participated in the Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit, aimed at diversifying the State’s ailing economy.
- Kaduna State (June 2015)
President Buhari was welcomed by a crowd of supporters, while he arrived in Kaduna State for the State visit last June.
- Cross River (October 2015)
The Nigerian President attended the ceremony for the construction of the 260km dual carriage road to link Calabar to Northern Nigeria.
- Ogun State (February 2016)
Buhari visited Ogun State in February, in commemoration of the State’s 40th-anniversary celebration.
- Lagos State (May 2016)
The leader of the nation was scheduled to visit the Lagos State for a two-day working visit in May.
However, he was represented by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, which according to reports, was due to health problems.