By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said no part of Nigeria would be ignored under his watch.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari gave the assurance when he received a delegation of Ugep Kingdom in Cross River State, led by His Royal Highness, Obol Ofem Ubana, Obol Lopon of Ugep, a retired army officer.
He said the president was responding to a request by the royal father for federal government’s intervention in the yearnings for resolutions of inter-ethnic conflicts affecting several communities in the kingdom.
He listed the communities to include: Nko, Nyima, Oyadama, Edibe, Usumtong, Adadama and Ekureku.
According to him, in his response, Buhari told the delegation: ‘‘I assure you that under my watch, no part of Nigeria will be ignored.
‘’I am very pleased that you [the traditional ruler] have shared some professional background as a former military officer.
‘’My experience of being in the military afforded me the opportunity to work with all Nigerians and this is a lifetime experience.’’
He said earlier in his remarks, the traditional ruler thanked the President for appointing Yakuur sons into exalted positions in government, including Chief of Naval Staff, Minister of Niger Delta and Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution.
He pledged the support of his community to the president’s ‘’quest to rescue Nigeria.’’
On restiveness in the region, the Obol Lopon said: ‘‘We are increasingly losing our youths to inter-tribal wars which if nothing is done will leave our communities without youths in the near future.
‘’As Obolo Lopon of Ugep, I am ready to partner with relevant government agencies saddled with the responsibility and management of communal conflict resolutions.’’