The presidency says north-east has always been the priority of President Muhammadu Buhari. The statement follows reactions to the comment of Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, that Buhari requested the organisation to focus development on the north.
Many, especially on social media, had accused the president of promoting the interest of the north.
But reacting in a series of tweets, the presidency said from the beginning of his administration, Buhari had been consistent in his demand that the north-east, ravaged by insurgency, be rebuilt and reconstructed.
“Northeast Nigeria has always been a priority for President @MBuhari, right from when he campaigned to be President,” the presidency tweeted.
“From the start of the administration, President Buhari has consistently highlighted the need for Int’l support to secure & rebuild the N/East.
“The north-east has featured prominently in all of the President’s engagements with the International Community.
“Securing the north-east & Rebuilding it, and seeking International support & assistance for this, will continue to be a priority for us.
“We remain grateful for the show of support from the international community, regarding the security & humanitarian situation in the N/East.”