Buhari visits Ebonyi amid reports of sit-at-home order

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to visit Ebonyi State on a two-day working visit beginning Thursday.

Security has been heightened in Abakaliki the state capital.

Buhari arrived at the Alamo Ibiam International Airport Enugu around 10:30 pm on Thursday en route Ebonyi State.

He was received by Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, his Ebonyi counterpart David Umahi and other government officials.

The visit of the president comes amid reports that armed groups ordered residents to stay indoors during the president’s visit due to the detention of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. Buhari last visited the south-east region, Imo State particularly, in September 2021.

Meanwhile, some residents, who spoke with NAN in Abakaliki, said they looked forward to the presidential visit to the state.

Eugene Nwangele, described the visit as relevant, especially when stakeholders in the region are expected to present issues that bothers the zone and country at large to Buhari.

Nwangele said the visit would also give the people of the state in particular and the south-east a sense of recognition and belonging.

Chijioke Ama commended the landmark projects and transformational policies that have taken place in the state in the last few years.

“Yes, Ebonyi is fast developing, I thank the President for visiting us,” Ama said.