Governor David Umahi has characterised the activity of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as nonsensical.
The illegal organisation, responsible for the escalating violence in the South East, has been advocating for secession.
The organisation has also declared a weekly “stay-at-home” activity in support of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is now in legal custody.
In an interview with a few editors, Umahi commented on the concerning trend, stating, “I use this occasion to advise Igbo to be sensible, this sit at home is worthless and stupid. Even if Biafra existed, Ebonyi would not be a part of it.
“I have been saying it, and I will continue to say it, and I make no apologies for it, because we have been exploited as house boys and house girls, and by the creation of Ebonyi State, we are gaining self-determination, and someone just told me about Biafra. We must attain the same standing as our brothers and sisters in the South East. Before, we lacked confidence in ourselves, and now that we are altering the narratives and someone who has been your house boy or house girl wants to aspire, you will not be pleased.
“Therefore, we are not for Biafra; rather, we want a united, equitable, and just Nigeria.” Consequently, I will continue to teach that there is no benefit to staying at home or to killing ourselves, and I am relieved that the altercation with people from other regions is now a thing of the past. We are living in peace with our siblings from various locations, which is pretty promising. But in sit at home, I do not support it at all, and I appeal on our people to come out in sincerity and fear of God, and let us work together to liberate our people.”
When asked why it is difficult for the five Governors of South East to work together and function very effectively on security matters, particularly on Ebubeagu, an outfie designed to reinforce security in the region, they said that it is due to a number of factors. Umahi stated, “The problem of Ebubeagu, you see, every state is autonomous, and I won’t be able to comment on it since South East leaders came together and declared that by December of last year, every state must have Ebubeagu inaugurated, and I am aware that certain states have their own laws. This is the way to go; I cannot speak for other governments because, perhaps, they have a better way of managing their security challenges, but this is my little tiny way of solving it and it is working for me.”