‘We Do Not Want Biafra’ – Top 21 Quotes Of The Week

 

Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration might have come and gone, however, discussions around sovereignty and freedoms still linger.

Rights and the issue of governance have continued to stir questions of public interest across the globe, and stakeholders have continued to weigh in on various matters regarding leadership.

This week, we bring you some very striking quotes that, when pieced together, shape the narrative of what the world witnessed within the last 7 days.

They also help us to make projections of certain things to expect as we go into the new week.

1. “Every elite in the south-east is not desirous of Biafra. We don’t want Biafra. We only want to be treated equally like other regions in Nigeria.”

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

 

Governor of Ebonyi State, who is also the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, David Umahi describes agitations for Biafra as “madness”, saying that most elites in the region do not want it.

2. “They are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.”

This file combination of pictures created on October 08, 2021, shows Maria Ressa (L), co-founder and CEO of the Philippines-based news website Rappler, speaking at the Human Rights Press Awards at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong on on May 16, 2019 and Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-Chief of Russia’s main opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Moscow, on December 11, 2012.  Isaac LAWRENCE, Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP

 

Chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen speaks about the works of journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

3. “Good relations with Afghanistan are good for everyone. Nothing should be done to weaken the existing government in Afghanistan which can lead to problems for the people.”

Taliban fighters stand guard near the venue of an open-air rally in a field on the outskirts of Kabul on October 3, 2021. Hoshang Hashimi / AFP

 

Taliban warns the United States not to “destabilise” the regime during their first face-to-face talks since the US withdrawal as a deadly sectarian bombing raised further questions about their grip on power.

4. “Though he attempted putting up some resistance when troops made efforts to take him into custody, he was not assaulted or subjected to brutalization.”

 

The Nigerian Army reacts to the arrest of Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, saying he was “inciting members of the public and soliciting support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)”.

5. “Where the president comes from has never been the problem of Nigeria, and I can cite examples; neither will it be the solution. There is no such thing as a president from Southern Nigeria or a president from Northern Nigeria.”

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says where the president comes from has never been the solution to the series of problems facing the nation.

6. “It is unlikely that our recovery from these recessions would have been as fast without the sustained government expenditure funded partly by debt.”

A file photograph of Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed.
A file photograph of Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed.

 

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, again defends recent borrowings by the Federal Government, insisting they were instrumental to the country’s exit from recessions.

7. “Why you are having separatist agitations everywhere today in the West, in the South, in the South-South, is that some people are unable to manage our diversity, that is just the fact.”

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe made an appearance on Sunrise Daily on February 15, 2021.
File photo: Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

 

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, says there are dozens of separatist groups in the south-east region of the country because the ethnic divide has not been properly managed.

8. “We find the renewed desperation by the south to threaten [the] northern people’s right to franchise a deliberate attempt to bastardise democracy, cause greater instability in the guise of contentious undemocratic power shift arrangement and therefore unacceptable.”

CNG spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, speaks during a press conference in Abuja on October 4, 2021.

 

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) oppose the zoning arrangement by political parties, describing it as unconstitutional and a plot to intimidate the north from contesting for the presidency in 2023.

9. “We gave them the name bandit probably to just soft pedal because terrorism in the international arena is regarded as the most heinous crime that any group of people can engage in.”

A screen grab of Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on October 3rd, 2021.

 

Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa says bandits are no different from terrorists, insisting that both groups operate the same way.

10. “The conditions make a mockery of the case pending before the ECOWAS court, and create a risk that the course of justice will be seriously impeded or prejudiced in this case.”

A photo combination of SERAP and President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), urges President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently withdraw the impermissible conditions imposed on Twitter pending the final determination of the suit at the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja.”

11. “We face a global recovery that remains ‘hobbled’ by the pandemic and its impact. We are unable to walk forward properly.”

In this file photo an exterior view of the building of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with the IMG logo, is seen on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP
In this file photo an exterior view of the building of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with the IMG logo, is seen on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP

 

The IMF predicts that global economic bounce back from the Covid-19 crisis will downshift this year as countries struggle with rising prices, high debt loads and divergent recoveries in which poor nations are slipping behind wealthier ones.

12. “In developing or Third World countries, it is the escalator of strife, pogroms and civil war, and has played a big role in countries torn to pieces by tribal war, such as it is playing out in Syria, which has become the hotbed of Captagon, and Afghanistan, which controls the opium trade.”

File photo:  Dried cannabis flowers.

 

Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) says cannabis cannot be legalised in the country considering the current security challenges.

13. “Nigeria must go beyond a never-ending potential for becoming a great nation to an actually great one. Many presidents have said it. Shehu Shagari. Olusegun Obasanjo. Umaru Yar’Adua. Goodluck Jonathan. But here we are today, still just a country with potentials.”

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, made an appearance on Channels Television on February 9, 2021.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.

 

 

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the inherent potentials, which in the past have remained dormant in Nigeria, have started to be utilised.

14. “Some have expressed concern over our resort to borrowing to finance our fiscal gaps; they are right to be concerned.”

President Muhammadu Buhari makes a budget presentation speech at the National Assembly on October 7, 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari makes a budget presentation speech at the National Assembly on October 7, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians have a right to be concerned about recent borrowings by the Federal Government.

15. “We believe that the debt level of the Federal Government is still within sustainable limits”.

A file photo of President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says though Nigerians have the right to be concerned about the nation’s additional loans, still, the country’s debts remain at a sustainable level.

16. “If you are going to get in, in the Nigerian system, in this system of ours, to walk through all that is required, I think you need some experience; a bit of it, you don’t have to be very old.”

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says age should never be a barrier for young Nigerians to get involved in holding strategic positions, especially political offices.

17. “For the majority of our people, 1960 provided an opportunity to start all over again but, unfortunately, the nationalist politicians who took over the reins of power from the British colonial regime did not decolonise the country and the psyche of our people.”

Human Rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, speaks during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on March 10, 2021.

 

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, insists that if Nigeria is to forge ahead in the right direction, then the citizens must be mobilised to take charge of their political destiny.

18. “I want to tell you that Mr President has the magic wand. His attitude, [and] language to the South-East; he has to change it.”

The lawmaker representing Enugu Central in the National Assembly, Senator Chukwuka Utazi speaks during an interview on Channels Television's Politics Today on October 5, 2021.
The lawmaker representing Enugu Central in the National Assembly, Senator Chukwuka Utazi speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on October 5, 2021.

 

The lawmaker representing Enugu North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Chukwuka Utazi asks President Buhari to change the way he addresses the people of the South East region.

19. “Everyone is stunned, but we do not have to be emotional or negative about things. The same team defeated Liberia here in Lagos and Cape Verde away. They still have that ability to deliver.”

A Nigerian supporter dances during the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 football match between Nigeria and Central African Republic at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) backs the Super Eagles to bounce back from their shocking defeat to lowly-rated Central African Republic (CAR) in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.

20. “Nigeria’s Federal Government is already making efforts to use large shares of clean energy sources, but the development of gas projects poses a dire challenge.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the event. Photo: Facebook/Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo argues that climate change policies must reflect “the different realities of various economies” to be successful.

21. “If we had a policeman for everybody, nobody is going to obey any sit at home.”

File photo:  Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, speaks during a Christmas visit to some hospitals in Abakaliki, the state capital on December 25, 2020.

 

Governor David Umahi says agitation in the South East has been hijacked by criminals.

Igbos Have Not Had Their Share Of The ‘National Cake’ – Governor Umahi

A file photo of Ebonyi Sate Governor, Dave Umahi. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
A file photo of Ebonyi Sate Governor, Dave Umahi. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State says Igbos have not had their share of the “national cake” and as such the South East must turn from calls for restructuring to demands for an economic commission for the region.

Dr Umahi made this assertion on Tuesday in Abakaliki while inaugurating the new leadership of the South-East Traditional Rulers Council, headed by Charles Mkpuma, the Chairman of the council in Ebonyi.

“We shout restructuring as Ndigbo; we should rather be talking about having the South East Economic Commission (SEC) to develop our abilities, to develop our comparative advantages.

“We have not had our own share of the national cake.  We should have that,” Umahi stated.

The governor, while noting that a push for SEC went through the past National Assembly but was not established, urged Igbos to raise their voices to see that the issue is brought back.

According to him, when such a commission is established for the region, then the much desired development would come and Igbo people will then benefit appropriately and immensely from the nation’s resources.

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[VAT Dispute] Umahi Begs Governors To ‘Sheathe Their Swords’

Speaking again on the issue of restructuring, Governor Umahi reiterated his stand, saying what is needed is “administrative restructuring”.

He explained that his proposed style of restructuring will see more power seceded to the states.

Dr Umahi’s latest take on the highly debated issue comes a few days after the Ebonyi State governor stated that he will only agree to restructuring if it means that states, which are very weak, are taken care of before everyone is given liberty to control their resources.

While wading into value-added tax (VAT) tussle, Umahi said he supports the collection and sharing of VAT by the Federal Government.

The governor argued that it is not yet time for states to take charge of the VAT they generate.

Allow Federal Govt To Collect VAT And Share For Us – Umahi

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has said that he supports the collection and sharing of Value-Added Tax (VAT), by the Federal Government.

Umahi stated this on Tuesday in Abakaliki, during the inauguration of his senior special adviser on religion and welfare matters, Abraham Nwali, as the new South-east chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The governor was of the opinion that the time has not come for individual states to take charge of the VAT they generate.

“I will continue to preach that, allow the Federal Government to collect VAT and share for us, for a chain is as strong as its weakest link” Umahi stated.

While asserting his acceptance of calls for restructuring, the governor, however, emphasized that such a move must solely be based on administrative restructuring.

“I will continue to preach it, that the states that are very weak must be taken care of before we say let everybody control their resources.

“There was a time we were houseboys and house girls and were very helpful in serving other states, it’s now time to be built up before you can collect your VAT separately” the governor elucidated.

Regarding the sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Governor Umahi said it all amounts to war brought by the people upon themselves.

According to him, “Governors of the South-east have done their best to check the situation and when people sit at home, it is not biting the governors.

“When you sit at home, there is food for the governors in their homes and some of their children are outside the country,” Umahi, who is the chairman of, South-east Governors’ Forum explained.

He said there are fears of possible splinter groups emerging in the region with their own agenda and wondered why agitators in other geo-political zones are not sitting at home while those in the east are killing their brothers in the name of agitation.

Umahi’s latest comment on the issue comes a few days after the governor described the IPOB order as the worst thing that the South-East region has witnessed.

According to Umahi, the exercise has drastically affected the economy of the zone.

The governor said the leaders of the zone in collaboration with Ohanaeze Ndigbo are working on the grievances of the youths in the area in order to table them before the President for further actions.

IPOB Sit-At-Home Order, Worst Thing Southeast Has Witnessed – Umahi

A file photo of Ebonyi Sate Governor, Dave Umahi. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
A file photo of Ebonyi Sate Governor, Dave Umahi. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has said that the sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is the worst thing that the South-East region has witnessed.

According to Umahi, the exercise has drastically affected the economy of the zone.

Umahi spoke to newsmen after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa in Abuja on Monday.

The governor said the leaders of the zone in collaboration with Ohanaeze Ndigbo are working on the grievances of the youths in the area in order to table them before the President for further actions.

He told those holding federal positions from the zone to always visit their states and identify with their people in a bid to know the level of marginalization experienced with the area.

The governor commended President Buhari for his support towards the “megaprojects” in the south East particularly the Second Niger Bridge, and the award of the eastern corridor of the railway line.

These, Umahi said, would fast track commercial activities in the area.

While noting that it is too early and distracting to start engaging in discussions about the 2023 elections, Governor Umahi prayed for God to give Nigeria a president with a kind heart like Buhari.

– I will feel bad if APC does not give Southeast a chance

Umahi’s latest comments on the 2023 election comes a few days after the governor said he will feel bad if the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not give the South-East a chance at the presidency.

“The heartbeat of the people of the South-East is that they should be given a chance whether in the PDP or the APC for Presidency of this country for the reason of equity, fairness and justice,” he said.

“I took that position in the PDP and one of the reasons why I took that position is because the South-East people have supported the PDP all the way and they have never been given any opportunity to do that.

“If I follow APC for this length of time, and they don’t give the South-East an opportunity, I will feel bad,” Umahi explained.

After several years in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Umahi defected to the APC in November 2020.

According to him, joining the APC was because of the “injustice meted to Southeast by the People Democratic Party (PDP) which include not zoning the party’s 2023 presidential ticket to the zone”.

He added that the ruling party was better disposed to the interest of the five states in the region, stating that he neither had presidential ambition nor was he promised the same.

Those Destroying Our Lands Will Hear From Us, Umahi Threatens Miners

 

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has threatened to sanction miners who dig pits within Ebonyi, unearth mineral resources, and leave the mineshafts uncovered, thereby making them deathtraps across the state.

Umahi who was very unhappy that miners are benefitting from the state without giving back to the people said his government will ensure they are held accountable for the devastations they have caused so far.

“You destroy the people and even destroy their future; and the Ebonyians that collaborate with these enemies of the state, they will hear from us,” the governor said on Monday.

 

A Deadly Plunge

Governor Umahi’s comments come on the same day when the decomposing body of the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader in Ebonyi State, Ogochukwu Elem, was pulled from a mining pit in Abakaliki.

Also pulled from the ditch were the bodies of two others who were with him when his car, a Volkswagen Golf, plunged into the trench on Saturday.

The State Ministry of Infrastructure availed a crane which was used in pulling the bodies, with the help of local divers.

It was gathered that Mr Elem and the other occupants were on their way to Ikwo for a function when the car lost control and plunged into the pit, off the Abakaliki-Ikwo Road.

The incident happened at Enyigba axis of the road in Abakaliki Local Government Area.

Efforts to bring out the victims and the car failed on Saturday and Sunday.

Governor Umahi who was at the scene of the incident helped to direct the search and rescue operations.

A combination of a file photo of Late Ogochukwu Elem and a screenshot from the scene of the incident.

 

Operation Identify

On the way forward to curbing the menace, the governor said he and his Chief of Staff, who doubles as Commissioner for Solid Minerals, will lead the process of identifying all pits dug by miners across the state, with the aim of bringing those who dug them to justice.

“We are going to identify all the pits in Ebonyi State, whether it was dug for lead, for zinc, for chippings and other minerals in Ebonyi State, we have to identify who did it.”

While noting that the battle with miners in the state has been ongoing for a very long time, Governor Umahi said it is unfortunate that the lands the miners destroy cannot be taken back.

He also decried that what is supposed to come to the people do not get to them, a situation he described as “man’s inhumanity to man”.

Governor Umahi assured the residents that all which pertains to mining activities in the state will be thoroughly looked at in the interest of the people.

We Don’t Want War In The Southeast – Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

 

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has said that the Southeastern region does not want war but rather wants to be a part of a fair Nigeria.

The governor stated this on Thursday at a media briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team in the Statehouse in Abuja.

He said, 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.

The governor explained the situation in the Southeast as a mixture of reality, fake news and war propaganda.

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He lamented over the increasing insecurity in the region which resonates the peaceful agitation for a better region by IPOB, MASSOB, and the eastern security network in the east was hijacked by bandits and escalated.

The Presidential Media Team and Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi

 

“Are there rightful agitations in the Southeast. Yes. Has it turned violent? Yes. It’s been hijacked”.

According to him, foreign herders have infiltrated the country and are causing mayhem. “Anyone who is against the ban on open grazing is saying the killings in the country should continue”.

He insisted that the establishment of security outfit, Ebube Agu which has been passed into law in Ebonyi state is empowered to arrest anyone found culpable of steering chaos.

The governor further points out that there are no grazing routes in the south that would enable cattle move freely without trespassing and encouraging open grazing is synonymous with enabling armed foreign herders to perpetrate killings in the country.

He called for funding on cattle ranches through the Federation Account.

Umahi Approves Promotion Of Civil Servants In Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

 

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has approved the promotion of civil servants in Ebonyi State.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze.

He said the promotion was based on the vacancy created by those retired or other occurrences in the service.

The governor also directed heads of different MDAs’ to immediately commence a compilation of all vacancies in their MDAs and schedule for a written promotion examination which will be the determining factor for those that will be promoted.

Read Full Statement Below:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

December 31, 2020

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE has again, graciously approved the promotion of civil servants in Ebonyi State based on available vacancy and this is to commence from 2021.

The Governor explained that promotion is based on vacancy created by those retired or other occurrences which may have caused a vacancy in the service.

Furthermore, Governor Umahi directs heads of different MDAs’ to immediately commence a compilation of all vacancies in their MDAs and schedule for a written promotion examination which will be the determinant of those to be promoted.

Francis Nwaze
Special Assistant to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)

Umahi Asks Residents To Celebrate Christmas Under Peaceful Atmosphere

File Photo: Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has advised citizens to celebrate the Christmas season under a peaceful atmosphere, as the government is prepared to deal decisively with anyone who tries to disrupt the peace of the state.

Governor Umahi made these remarks while giving his Christmas message in a live broadcast to the people of Ebonyi State.

He thanked God on their behalf for his grace which has enabled them to stand in spite of challenges during the cause of the year.

With the insecurity being experienced in parts of Nigeria, governor Umahi promised the people of Ebonyi that the government in the state will go after those who are planning to work against the peace of the state.

He acknowledged the insecurity across the country and announced that the government and have declared war on banditry and cultism anywhere in the state.

He also promised to compensate anyone who offers useful information on the activities of criminals in Ebonyi state.

The governor urged residents to celebrate the yuletide in peace that just as COVID-19 was defeated in the outgoing year, the dreaded coronavirus will be defeated in the year to come.

With just a few days to the end of twenty-twenty, the government of Ebonyi state is optimistic that with the cooperation of citizens, the peace which prevailed in the state will be experienced in coming the year 2021.

Bello Confident APC Will Retain Presidency, Says Party Touching Lives, Developing Nigeria

Governor Bello believes the APC has done enough to get another chance in 2023.

 

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State says the development strides of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is enough for the party to retain the presidential seat in 2023. 

“APC has come to stay. We are developing the country, the people are happy with our programmes, we are touching lives and we are securing the nation,” the governor said when he appeared as a guest on Thursday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Why won’t they (Nigerians) give us a chance once again to continue to produce the president of this country? APC by the grace of God will produce the next president and sweep across the legislative houses and the governorship across the country.”

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While the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the Presidency of political scavenging in the wake of the defection by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Bello sees the party as no match for the APC.

 

A Gone Party? 

The PDP, he argued, is building castles in the air and does not have what it takes to contend with the ruling party.

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“APC is a party of the people, for the grassroots. You can see the exodus. I don’t know what is giving them (PDP) that confidence,” the governor added. “Even though power belongs to God and God gives power to who He wills, at this stage, I can assure you that PDP is gone and is going and going.”

 

‘Nine To Go’

Bello claimed that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and eight more governors from the PDP would soon join his party, saying that Umahi’s defection was a testimony of the progress in the ruling party.

 

A photo combination of governors Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

 

“I said it long ago, not today when the party (PDP) was going through some challenges; I did say that there are 10 governors from the opposition parties that will join APC.

“We have seen one; one that is even as equal as 10, he has joined us, nine to go. Just mark my words; I don’t lie, I will never lie, and I will never deceive anybody,” the Kogi governor stressed.

 

South East Governors Forum Sues For Peace, Calls For End To All Protest

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Abuja on February 24, 2020.

 

The South-East governors’ forum has condemned in strong terms a purported audiovisual circulating in the social media branding the nationwide Endsars protest as an Igbo ethnic agenda.

The chairman of the South-East Governors’ forum and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi disclosed this in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital after an emergency virtual meeting of the southeast governors with south-east traditional rulers, Igbo apex socio-cultural group Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and religious leaders.

Governor Umahi described this action by some unscrupulous persons as undemocratic and unpatriotic which no doubt is capable of pitching the Igbos against the northerners and south-west brothers

Umahi said it’s no longer news that the peaceful #Endsars protest has been hijacked by hoodlums who took advantage to destroy government properties and lives.

He appealed to Nigerians to disembark on the #Endsars protest all over Nigeria, calling on the leaders of the North, South and West to try to maintain peace among all the ethnic groups within their domain, adding that the leaders of Southeast region are doing everything possible to ensure that lives and properties of other ethnic groups are protected.

The Governors expressed regrets over the death of #Endsars protesters all over the country, while also condemning the shooting of protesters at Lekki Toll plaza.

He called on the authorities to bring to book the perpetrators of such an act. The forum also condoled with the families to have lost their loved ones during the protests.

Umahi Condemns Attack On Police Stations, Imposes 24-Hours Curfew In Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, says residents who do not wear face masks will be caned.

 

The Ebonyi state governor David Umahi has condemned the attacks on police stations and the destruction of government infrastructures by hoodlums and cultists.

The governor condemned the attacks during a live broadcast at government house, in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Governor Umahi stated that the peaceful protest by the youths have been infiltrated by hoodlums and cultists who now started to burn properties of innocent citizens and government structures noting that the protesters have been peaceful in their conduct but regrets that the hoodlums have hijacked the protest.

He stressed that the security agencies in the state have sustained injuries from the attacks maintaining that they have exercised great patience and wisdom in handling the issue at stake.

The state governor, therefore, called on the security agencies to block all the borders of the state as he hereby imposes a 24hours curfew effect from 7pm today in order to protect lives and properties.

Umahi Swears In Newly Elected Local Government Chairmen

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi

 

The Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has sworn newly elected local government chairmen in the state.

The Swearing-in ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, the state capital.

The event had in attendance security chiefs, government officials, traditional rulers and stakeholders.

Governor Umahi while swearing-in the 13 LGA chairmen urged them to render their services to the people, noting that their legacies will speak for them when they leave the office.

He stated that the local government election conducted last Saturday was violent free and peaceful.

While commending the outgoing Transition Caretaker Committee Chairmen, Governor Umahi emphasised on the sacrifices they have made in their different local government areas, especially during the hit of COVID-19 pandemic.