Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi says Igbos in Ebonyi won’t aspire for or be a part of Biafra as a result of the state has been “so oppressed.”
“Initially, I’ve been saying it, if anyone tells you about Biafra, inform them Ebonyi state won’t ever be a part of Biafra. We’re not Biafra. Now we have been so oppressed, and now we’re discovering our toes, and also you need us to return. We won’t. We won’t,” Mr Umahi insisted.
Mr Umahi made this assertion in Abakaliki Thursday after declaring he’ll run for president in 2023 on Wednesday.
The governor had vowed to hold on from the place President Muhammadu Buhari stopped by the tip of his tenure if elected the subsequent president in 2023.
Mr Umahi, who’s banking on the APC zoning its presidential ticket to the South-East, had maintained a public notion of a performing governor till January 2021, when Peoples Gazette, in a report, uncovered how he massively diverted state funds into his private firm account.
In accordance with financial institution paperwork, between 2011 and 2019, Mr Umahi has diverted about N3.6 billion into his Brass Engineering, an organization he has owned since 1993, since after he grew to become deputy governor to Martin Elechi in 2011, in brazen disregard for extant code of conduct laws precluding senior public officers from conducting personal companies, besides subsistence agriculture, whereas in workplace.
Angered by The Gazette’s report, an aide of Mr Umahi in a cellphone name threatened to kill the web newspaper’s reporters, fuming that The Gazette’s exposing of Mr Umahi’s corruption “may price lives.”