Governor Dave Umahi (file photo)
We don’t support Biafra agitation in Ebonyi, sayd Umahi
By Valentine Amanze
Ebonyi State Governor, Mr. Dave Umahi, has exornarated his state from Biafra agitation.
In fact, he declared that Ebonyi State would not take part in the struggle for the actualization of Biafra or any agitation for a sovereign nation for the Igbo.
Umahi made the declaration in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Thursday, during a reception organized for him after declaring his presidential bid in Abuja during the week.
His words: “First and foremost, I have been saying it, if anybody tells you about Biafra, tell them Ebonyi State will never be part of Biafra. We are not Biafra.
“We have been so oppressed and now we are finding our feet and you want us to go back. We will not. We will not.”
On his 2023 presidential ambition, the governor allayed the fears that any Southeasterner who emerges president might split the nation.
He argued that Ndigbo have investment everywhere across the country, saying it would be impossible to think of secession when in power.
“Some enemies of the South-East say if we become president we will divide the country. How will we divide the country when we have investments everywhere?” the governor questioned.
Reaffirming his stand on the Biafra push, Umahi said that “anyone that wants to cause insecurity in the South-East must be crushed”.
According to the governor, Ebonyi State is better in a fair and equitable Nigeria because the state has investments everywhere and one cannot set fire to his own house.
He assured that if he becomes president, he would further the projects of President Buhari and would fight the corruption in Nigeria to a standstill.
The governor said that it was time to build a better Nigeria.
“What we did in Ebonyi State, we can replicate in Nigeria. Nigeria is a possibility. Before 31st of January, 2022, we will do our declaration to run for the Presidency.”