Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not scared of visiting any part of the country.
The President had visited Imo state on September 9, 2021, to commission some projects executed by the Hope Uzodinma administration.
In a piece titled ‘This Buhari Has No Boundaries’ and posted on his Facebook page on Thursday night, Adesina mocked those who predicted doom before the President’s visit to the state.
He added that his principal dared scaremongers who said his recent visit to Owerri could cause a bloodbath.
Adesina also mocked the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for telling the President not to visit the South East, adding that he got messages from some Nigerians asking him to prevail on Buhari to cancel the Imo trip.
He said, “Many were the prayers and goodwill messages that sped our feet to Owerri, capital of Imo State, the Eastern Heartland, on September 9, 2021.
“Why were the people so effusive in prayers? We were considered as going into unsafe territory, where anything could happen, as President Muhammadu Buhari and his team visited Owerri on a one-day working visit.
“To make matters worse, a shadowy group had claimed that the President was not welcome in any part of the South-east. I got messages filled with trepidation from home and abroad. Please prevail on the President to cancel the trip. He should apologize to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, and abort the visit. There could be a bloodbath.
“I only laughed it all off. Who would tell a duly and popularly elected President where to go, and where not to go, in his own country? At the height of the Boko Haram insurgency, he had campaigned in Borno State in 2015 and 2019, respectively. A man, who repeatedly tells us that for the 30 months the Nigerian Civil War lasted, he was right there at the front, not even taking one day off. Is that then the person you would scare from visiting any part of the country?
“And again, this was a serial Igbo Chief. The Ogbuagu 1 (The Lion Killer) of Aba. The Ochioha 1 (Leader of All) of Igboland, given to him in Ebonyi State in 2017. Also The Enyioma 1 (The Good Friend) of Ebonyi, and Ikeogu 1 (The Great Warrior) of Ndigbo, among others. Is this then the kind of person you frighten from visiting anywhere, particularly Igboland? It doesn’t happen!”
Adesina stated that his principal was well received by leaders of the South-East zone including governors, cultural leaders including the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor.
He added: “The visit of the President was a roaring success, and as the Ohanaeze President said, it drove away ‘the cloudiness of relationship with Ndigbo.’
“The Ogbuagu, indeed, slew the lion of insularity, wrong profiling, and scaremongering. Bring on the other lions!”