President Muhammadu Buhari has received accolades on his infrastructural development in the southeast, particularly the Second Niger Bridge, which is about 70% completed, and scheduled for commissioning before the end of 2022.

An oil tycoon, Prince Arthur Eze, gave the plaudits during a private visit to the President at the State House, Abuja.

The businessman urged Nigerians to always preach peace as against hate, and draw lessons from countries suffering the effect of war.

He pledged loyalty and commitment to the unity, peace and indivisibility of Nigeria, urging President Buhari to stay focused and not be distracted by agitations for separatism rocking some parts of the country.

He affirmed that scores of Igbos had been happily and peacefully doing their businesses across Nigeria without complaint of marginalisation.

He called for tolerance in the face of difficulties, confusion, trials, and tribulations, urging Nigerians to always embrace the spirit of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Chief Eze said God that brought sections of Nigeria together had not made a mistake, and urged the citizenry to join hands in solving the problems bedevilling the country.

He commended the President on the successes recorded in the northeast, where Boko Haram fighters are surrendering in droves, urging more efforts in the northwest against bandits and other criminals.

Prince Eze advised the government to give more opportunities to local outfits, like the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Corporation, to print ballot papers, sensitive security documents, certificates, local, state and federal government revenue and treasury receipts, and passports, since it has the capacity to do so.

President Buhari thanked Prince Eze for the visit, and for his good wishes for the country and government at all times.

Bello Wakili