Ebonyi not part of Biafra, agitation useless, senseless – Gov Umahi to IPOB


Ebonyi State governor, Engr David Umahi has made a categorical statement that the sit-at-home order in the South East by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu makes agitation useless and senseless.

Umahi made his stance known while interacting with Editors of Media Houses, noting that the agitation by the pro-Biafra group is ‘nonsense’.

The outlawed group, which has been blamed for the rising violence in the South East, has been agitating for secession.

The group has also declared weekly “sit-at-home” exercise in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, who is currently in lawful custody.

During the “sit-at-home” periods, people found on the streets are usually attacked.

Umahi who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election, insisted that Ebonyi State will not be part of Biafra, even if agitation is realized.

In his words: “I use this opportunity to tell Igbo to be wise, this sit at home is useless and it is nonsense. This agitation is nonsense for me because even if it was to be Biafra, Ebonyi will not belong to Biafra.

According to him, he didn’t pretend his distaste for Biafra agitation saying that he owes no one apologies, adding that experience has shown that Ebonyi indigenes have been used as house boys and girls which has prepared them for self determination.

Umahi said, Ebonyi people are in support of a united Nigeria, but noted that there was need to the people of the South East their status, also have self confidence.

He, however, vowed to continue the preaching of peace even as he insisted that the sit-at-home order wasn’t in the interest of anybody.

“We are living peacefully with our brothers and sisters from other regions and it is quite encouraging. But in sit at home, I support not it at all and I call on our people to come out in sincerity and fear of God, let us work together to do something about our region and liberate our people.

“So, the moment extreme politics dies off in Southeast and then brainwashing, then we can begin to aspire as we be. Killings and violence have not been part of our cultural values and I don’t know where it came from. So, that’s my position,” Umahi said.


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