He Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, has asked Nigerians not to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for the economic recession.
He said President Buhari had made a good start by systematically identifying the rots in the system such as endemic corruption in high places, the NNPC conundrum, inefficiency in governance and impunity in public life.
The traditional ruler stated this in Onitsha at his fifteenth Ofala festival.
He said the recession was the outcome of the collective decisions of the previous regimes.
According to him, ” The purpose of democracy, after all, is plurality, particularly as it exists in our country. It is also our duty as electorate to pray for and give Mr. President all the necessary support to govern us aright”.
“I therefore urged our people to diversify and balance their investments and enterprises everywhere else. That makes sound sense as has been manifested by other great industrial nations, such as USA, Japan, Germany and lately China” he stated.
In his remark, the Anambra state governor Chief Willie Obiano commended the people Onitsha for the displaying of their rich cultural heritage and holding strongly, saying that Onitsha was one of the town with the richest culture and tradition in the country.
Obi of Onitsha said that his administration will continue to partner with the traditional institutions in settling disputes that emanates among the people, stressing that Igbo culture will not go into extinction.
The Obi, however, asked Buhari to consider the advice of many Nigerians on how to address the challenges of the recession.