President Muhammadu Buhari has, again, called on those contemplating on dividing the country to have a rethink.
The President made this known at a meeting with the Council of Southeast Traditional Rulers at the State House, Abuja.
In a statement by his media aide, Buhari warned that the question of having another country out of Nigeria was misplaced.
“The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult.
“From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people.
“We should concentrate on these and be very productive,” he said.
Addressing specific issues raised by the traditional rulers, the President assured that the region would also benefit from the new railway architecture being put in place by his administration.
On their request for more representation for the Southeast in his government, Buhari said he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the Southeast”, on account of which, he gave the region four out of five states senior ranking ministers in the federal cabinet.
He appreciated the good work of the ministers from the region in the federal government, saying that “they are doing very well for the country.”
He then appealed to the traditional rulers from the Southeast to persuade their people to give his government a chance. He also called on them to continue to serve as beacons of culture and traditions of their people.
The president assured the delegation that kidnapping and cattle rustling, which he described as “unfortunate” would be the government’s next target “now that we have managed to calm down the Northeast”.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers, Dr Eberechi Dick, had made requests for roads and other projects, among other issues, even as he assured the President of their support for his leadership and programmes.