- Governor David Umahi said proscribing IPOB was for the sake of Igbos
- The Ebonyi governor said President Buhari was looking into some of the issues affecting the southeast
- He said they have no regrets with the action
Chief David Umahi who is the governor of Ebonyi state has said that southeast governors have no regrets proscribing the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) saying it was in the best interest of the people.
The five governors had faced criticism from some Igbo persons after they proscribed IPOB but Governor Umahi said their action was to protect the lives of Igbo people in other parts of the country.
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He said: “The issue of proscribing Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, alot of people were sending test messages to me. Some were commending us whereas others were condemning and abusing us and that is leadership for you.
“Our people must know that the issue of insulting the leaders of the igbos, it is not issue of the sitting President, is not about abusing other tribes.
“The issue of agitation and marginalization should not degenerate into self help and as governors of the south east, We make all efforts to bring peace. We meet as the 5 governors of the south east and proscribed IPOB.
“We did that to save the lives of 12 millions of igbos that are living in the northern Nigeria and other parts of this country. We did that and we have no apologies for saving the lives of not only the igbos but the lives of other ethnic groups within the south east zone.
“We need another state and local government to be like others in the other geopolitical zones. We must use dialogue approach and prayers to get what we need. We cannot allow our place to be a place for kidnappers and armed robbers.
“Our governors are committed to our youths, we have all agreed that our youths who have been mislead by IPOB ideology to be re-absorbed and reintegrated and keep them busy doing something with their hands.
“And to this effect, I ask the ministry of youths empowerment to open up a register for some of our youths who are mislead into this agitation and by my words, we are going to rehabilitate them and reintegrate them into meaningful venture in Ebonyi state.”
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to look into the problems of the southeast.
“Let me hint on this day of peace that we discussed all issues of agitations and would further the discussions with south-east governors.
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“We would address all issues of concern with him (Buhari) under an atmosphere of peace as he sends his regards to Igbo people.
“In the course of the discussion, he said that it does not matter what people thinks about someone but God who sends one to do justice to all and leave the rest to him,” Umahi said.
Meanwhile, Ekele Nwaohanmuo who is a former commissioner of youths and development in Abia state said that only an Igbo presidency will truly address the concern of marginalisation in the country.
In an interview with Vanguard, Nwaohanmuo said the Igbos have faced marginalisation in the country in spite of the fact that they were responsible for the country’s unity.
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