President Buhari will attend what the organisers termed “Economic and Security Summit” with stakeholders in the South East in Enugu.
The Chairman of the South East Senate Caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, confirmed on Wednesday that the lawmakers from the region would stay away from the meeting because of lack of adequate consultation.
He however admitted that though there was an attempt to consult the Caucus prior to the meeting, it was not adequate.
He said: “The South East Senate Caucus will not be attending the meeting, having not been adequately consulted. Again, it is the view of the Caucus that what the South East needs is development and not to be tagged with any other issue like security.
“South East has been utterly neglected and marginalised, especially with regards to addressing factors that stimulate development including the place of Ndigbo in the present administration.
“So, if we are to hold a town hall meeting, the agenda must be restricted to purely the development of the region. The agenda must be articulated to address the issues as highlighted. This has not been done. That is where the issue of lack of adequate consultation comes in,” he said.
Abaribe advised that whatever should be done must be in the overall interest of the South East region.