- The southeast is not ready to secede from Nigeria, Governor Umahi has declared
- According to him, what the region needs is a country where they will be treated fairly
- Going further, the governor argued that the agitation in the southeast is a legitimate one
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, who is also the chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum has revealed that the region is not ready to secede from Nigeria.
Umahi disclosed this while speaking on the security situation in the southeast during a state house briefing in Abuja.
According to him, there is a deliberate attempt to use fake news to foment trouble in the region.
"The situation in the South East is a mixture of reality, fake news and war propaganda. Are there rightful agitations in the southeast. Yes. Has it turned violent? Yes. It’s been hijacked.
"In the Southeast we don’t want war, we don’t want to secede, we want to be a part of a fair Nigeria where justice, equity and freedom exist."
Meanwhile, he added:
“I believe in dialogue, and that we can sit down to know and resolve our differences and strengthen our cooperation as a people.”
Going further, Governor Umahi gives a brief background of the post-1999 situation in the SE, from MASSOB to IPOB to ESN. Sheds light on rationale for Ebube Agu security network - a regional security cooperation based on the vigilantes we have always had, to protect the people.”
In another report, Umahi called on southeast people to stop insulting President Muhammadu Buhari in the pursuit of their demands from the federal government.
Umahi who is also the chairman of Southeast Governors’ Forum said the region will not achieve its demands by abusing Buhari, governors, and other leaders of the country.
He disclosed this at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki. The governor also seized the opportunity to condemn the killing of policemen and the burning of police stations within the southeast region.