President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday showered praises on people of the South-East region for their unalloyed support to his administration when he said, “No other zone has equalled the South-East zone in terms of support for me and my administration.”
The President spoke at the foundation laying ceremony of the new international terminal and the commissioning of the remodelled terminal of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
He touched down.
The President who touched down at the airport around 11:20am, immediately commissioned the new terminal from where he proceeded to the Enugu State Government Lodge for a town-hall meeting with stakeholders from the region.
It was at the meeting the President declared that the support his administration receives from the South East people had made him one of them; noting that he would remain so even after his tenure might have ended.
He said, “I thank you for the kind of support you have given to me since I indicated interest in national politics. Till today, I have the strongest support from the South-East; I want to thank you for that. I am very grateful.
“I am part of this part of the country and I will continue to remain so even after national service. I equally want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for the total support they are giving to my administration.”
While appealing for an end to the violence in the country, Jonathan reassured Nigerians about his administration’s resolve to bring about the much desired change.
He said, “We know that the purpose of government is to create an enabling environment for development and to provide the necessary infrastructure for development; we are totally committed to doing that.
“This government is just about two years, but you all will agree with me that within these two years, we have identified some key areas and we are doing well in those areas. Surely, this country will change.
“What we request from all Nigerians is peace. You cannot do anything when you don’t have peace. With peace, there will be economic development. With peace, there will be employment and employment will also create wealth.
“For that reason, we must make sure that all parts of this country enjoy peace. That’s why we are pleading with our people where we have all forms of religious conflict, like the Boko Haram in the North. Even though it is not the concept of Islam, it is a pseudo religious conflict with ethnic cleansing in some parts of the North.
“We have excessive robbery and kidnapping in the South-South and in some parts of the South-East. We must all talk to our boys to make sure that we have peace.”