Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi on Monday prayed that God should give Nigeria a president ‘who has a good heart like President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 for the good of this country.’

The governor also claimed that the people of South East are grateful to President Buhari for what he described as mega-projects the President was carrying out in the zone.

Governor Umahi, who spoke to State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, condemned the sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, describing it as the worst thing to happen to the economy of the area.

He noted those observing the IPOB’s sit-at-home order even when the separatist group had cancelled the order were doing so out of fear.

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He advised those holding federal positions from the zone to always visit their states and identify with their people so in order to help to determine whether the people are marginalized as claimed in some quarters.

The governor hailed President Buhari on some landmark projects in South East especially the Second Niger Bridge which he said was becoming a reality, the award of the eastern corridor of the railway line which he said would fast track commercial activities in the area.

On why he was at the State House, he said, ‘I came to see, Mr. President. One is to thank him very highly for a number of mega projects that he is doing in the southeast. The second Niger bridge is fast and fast becoming a reality. Each time we visit that bridge location it is always like a dream.

When asked the South East leaders were working together to make sure that the two major political parties have one candidate from the zone for presidency in 2023, he said, ‘Well, for me, I’m very much entrenched in completing my projects. And I will look into politics when my tenure is remaining one year, which is from May 29 2022. And I think it is the same thing with other governors of South East and by extension, governors of APC.

‘My position about what you ask is that our people that are in those political parties are making the efforts in selling the need for south East to produce the next president. But I think both the governors and Mr. President should not be distracted, when the elections are done and won, it should be governance.

‘But in this country, the moment the election is completed, the next one starts. It is the masses that are being cheated. So those whose job are politics and who are not into elected position, or appointed position have all the time and the opportunity to do this conversing.

‘But I continue to say that power rest in the hands of God. And God, will also give us the next president who has good heart like President Buhari for the good of this country.

‘We need God’s own anointing for our own anointed President for the interest and unity of this country.’