Igbo group under the aegis of Igbo People of Nigeria (IPON) on Thursday marched to Aso Rock Villa to show support for President Muhammadu Buhari and commended him for ‘Operation Python Dance’ in the South-east.
The peaceful protest follows the resumed sit-out by the Charles Oputa a.k.a Charly boy group against some policies and programmes of the government, particularly as it concerns the President’s alleged one-sided fight against corruption.
The protesters in their scores convened at the Unity Fountain in Abuja before heading to the Presidential Villa.
Speaking to newsmen, IPON’s national coordinator, Uche Chegwo, said the Igbo people will forever be grateful to President Buhari and the Nigerian army.
He said the protest was to renew the support of the Igbo nation to the administration of Buhari, contrary to the impression that Igbo nation were against the administration.
Chegwo said: ”There was need to correct some false impression in some quarters that Buhari led federal government was against the people of the southeast, who are predominantly Igbo. That was untrue and total misconception. The President in official and unofficial engagements has displayed love and equity to all Nigerians irrespective of political, religious and ethnic differences.
”It unfair to accuse the President of favoring one part of Nigeria against another. Many have claimed that the Igbo are marginalized but that could also be interpreted differently by different people. Even the north that had ruled Nigeria more than other parts have claimed that the are being marginalised.”
He however encouraged all Igbo to rally support for the President so he could confidently confront the socio-economic, security and political challenges that had held Nigeria down for years.
Speaking to the protesters, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the massive turnout was a pointer that all Nigerians are in support of the President and his developmental policies.
Buhari’s media aide said that their message would be properly communicated to the President, with assurance that he would act on them speedily.