President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo have confirmed their readiness to attend the inaugural South-East Economic and Security Summit slated to hold in Enugu state on Thursday, December 22.
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Buhari and Obasanjo will be joined by a number of security and economy experts at the event holding at the Enugu State Government House.
According to Vanguard, the South-East Economic and Security Summit is an initiative of the South-East Economic & Security Summit (SEESS) Group – a non-governmental organisation made up of top business, military, political, religious and community leaders from Nigeria’s southeast region.
The group is led by Professor Barth Nnaji, a former minister of Power under the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The summit will examine the issues affecting the peace and development of the southeast as well as seek to proffer practical solutions to ensure the fast-paced economic advancement of the region.
Professor Nnaji told newsmen that President Buhari agreed to attend the summit “in demonstration of his interest in maintaining peace in Nigeria’s Southeast as well as other regions, and fostering economic growth and development.”
Nnaji also confirmed Obasanjo’s attendance, describing him as “a strong advocate for the convocation of a summit not pivoted on politics but rather on the economic and developmental premise for the region and other regions.”
President Buhari has otherwise been frequently accused of sidelining the south-east region in his administration which has necessitated a series of visits by top political and traditional leaders from the region.
Secessionist group, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has however expressed its disgust at the invitation extended to Buhari, threatening to disrupt the event.