Mr David Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, decried insecurity in the South-East on Saturday, May 21.
He blamed the group for what he characterised as unnecessary politics among regional leaders.
Umahi also blamed Prof. George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo for the failure to politically resolve the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB.
He also claimed that the apex Igbo socio-cultural body refused to follow up on the South-East Governors’ discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari for a political solution to Kanu’s case.
The governor, speaking in Abakaliki while visiting members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, expressed disappointment that extraneous politics had derailed all security and peace measures launched by authorities in the region.
Umahi responded that the South-East Governors are working together to address the region’s security difficulties as well as other areas of cooperation; but that each state has its own problems and objectives.
He said, “When it comes to security, I must tell you in all honesty, there is politics in our security situation in this region. Do we say all the governors are bonded towards tackling security challenges? The answer is no. There is extreme politics in this region, and it must stop for the sake of our people.
“When we started, we were all working together and I was the person championing against the activities of IPoB; that the agitation is not good for our people; that the kind of agitation being meted out was not correct. The kind of hate speech; and from there it developed to violence and we continued to lie to our people; oh they have infiltrated, not true. It is the South-East killing south – easterners and security people, and if we are not able to speak out it would continue”
Umahi described sit-at-home as nonsense and advised Igbo to be wise.
“It is useless and nonsense because even if there were to be Biafra, Ebonyi will not be part of Biafra. I have said it and I will continue to say it”, he stated.