The ongoing sit-in in the Southeast over the imprisonment of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been condemned by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as senseless and useless.
In a conversation with certain editors, Umahi also called the pro-Biafra group’s protests “nonsense.”
Even if Biafra is realized, Ebonyi State, according to the governor and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), would not be included.
“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.
“I have been saying it and I will continue to say it and I have no apologies because we have been used as house boys and house girls and by the creation of Ebonyi State, we are having self-determination and somebody telling me about Biafra. We have to get to the status of our brothers and sisters in Southeast. Before, we have no confidence in ourselves and we are changing the narratives and somebody has been your house boy and house girl and the person wants to aspire, you will definitely not be happy.”
He said that the people of his state favor a Nigeria that is unified, egalitarian, and just.
The APC leader said that he would continue to teach that sitting at home is futile and that dying ourselves is futile.
“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.