President Bola Tinubu’l says his administration is determined to use its available resources to establish peace in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country.
Tinubu stated this on Friday, during the unveiling of the Peace in South-East Project (PISE-P) and the Thanksgiving Service/Homecoming ceremony organised in honour of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Benjamin Kalu.
The well-attended event took place at the Sports Arena of Bende Local Government Area.
PISE-P is a five-year programme, initiated by the deputy speaker to tackle the intricate socio-economic challenges and security threats prevalent in the South-East.
The president, who was represented by the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, described the zone as “an industrial hub, which plays a vital role in boosting the nation’s economic development”.
He expressed the concern of the Federal Government over the extensive economic devastation inflicted on the region by non-state actors.
Tinubu said the Federal Government would not allow any sinister operations by economic saboteurs, “who masquerade as advocates of Ndigbo, to continue in the region.
“We know that the South-East has weathered too many storms but the current economic stagnation has shaken the foundation of the region.
“We are not going to sit back and watch the fire go beyond what we can handle.
“We are here to extinguish the fire permanently,” He said.