President Muhammadu Buhari has said it will be difficult to carve out a new country out of Nigeria.
He asked those nurturing the idea of breaking up Nigeria to forget it or they will be disappointed.
Buhari who stated this while receiving a delegation of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, asks Nigerians to focus more on what has been uniting the more than 200 culture since the amalgamation of the country.
The president urges the South East traditional rulers to persuade Ndigbo to give his admnistration a chance to perform.
With the gradual end to the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East region, Buhari says the next security threat to be targetted are kidnapping and cattle rustling.
Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, Eze Oberechi Dick, urged the President to address the neglect of federal infrastructure in the South East region, the exclusion of the region from the amnesty programme of repentant militants, and the grievances of the pro-Biafra groups.