As a way of finding lasting solution to the issue of insecurity in the Niger Delta, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with the governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel.
Though there was no information from the President on what actually transpired between the two leaders, the governor who spoke with State House Correspondents after the meeting said they discussed generally about the welfare of Nigerians.
Asked why he visited the President, Udom said “I am still serving a state and the state is within the country and the president is the father of the whole country. I think it is part of my responsibility to let the president know, from time to time, how things are being done and how we are faring. We discussed some issues about bothering on security and unfortunately everything discussed under security is covered.
On whether he made any specific request from Buhari, the governor said “Not really a request but feedback. At times feedback could be even very effective than request. Because feedback is necessary for further actions and the rest of things you want to do.
“But I also want to use this platform as well to say that we are all running one project which is project Nigeria. If we are running project Nigeria, all hands must be on deck to move the country to the level we all expect and dream of. I think that that is the essence of the whole thing. And keep letting everybody know that at this point, it is a time everybody must join hands together to work for the whole country and see what we can do both from the state to the federal government level to at least support the vision of making Nigeria reach where we want it to be.”
On restiveness in the Niger Delta, he said “Well, I don’t know whether you want me to redefine that word ‘restiveness’ but permit to also say, you are still pushing me to discuss security which we don’t discuss on camera.
“Spare me that today but rather than calling it restiveness, I will say everything we discuss is about the wellbeing of Nigerians. How can we make their situation better? I think that is the way I look at it.
“Whether you look at it from security, infrastructure, security, any angle, that is the ultimate. At times, I move from what do I set to achieve and how do I want to do it? I think that is the way I look at it. What have I set to achieve, at the end of the day, it is the interest of everybody that we are working for.”