Uzodinma ignores IPOB’s threat, says Imo ready to receive Buhari

Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, has ignored the threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra warning President Muhammadu Buhari against visiting Imo.

IPOB’s Director of Socials, Chika Edoziem, on Monday evening in a broadcast had said; “Nigeria’s president is not welcome in Imo State, Biafra Land on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

“All the traditional rulers, all ndi iche and every Biafran should stay away from any ceremony organised by Hope Uzodimma to welcome him.”

Without responding to the IPOB’s director statement, the Imo Information Commissioner Declan Emelumba says the state government is set to receive President Mohammadu Buhari on Thursday in Owerri.

The president is scheduled to pay a working visit to the state to inaugurate some state-executed projects.

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Emelumba told NAN on Tuesday in Owerri that the president would inaugurate key projects initiated by Gov. Hope Uzodimma in the past 18 months.

“We are very much prepared to receive Mr President in Imo. All arrangements are in top gear.

“On arrival, he is expected to commission projects, including Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa-Obinze Link Road Phase One and an underground tunnel on D-Tiger Road Owerri,” the commissioner said.

He said Buhari would also inaugurate Egbeada Bye-Pass and the new State Executive Council Chambers at the Government House, among others.

“His visit would enable Imo citizens to see and welcome the president, first hand,” he added.

Meanwhile, NAN reports that the state capital, Owerri, is already wearing a new look, especially at strategic routes leading to the sites of projects to be inaugurated.

The roundabout in front of the Government House is being reconstructed, major roads are being fixed and swept clean while the road dividers are being painted.

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