Umahi urges Biafran agitators to submit grievances, give govt 6 months to address them

By our reporter| Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi on Saturday asked the Igbo to submit their agitations and give the government six months to address them.

Umahi who doubles as the chairman of the South East Governors Forum made the disclosure while speaking during the conclusion of an eight-day prayer organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

According to Umahi, it is better for the country to stay united.

NAN quoted the governor to have said that the Igbo “can then do what they like” if their grievances are not addressed, adding that he believes in a country where oneness, freedom, equity, and justice exist.

“I do not believe in second-class citizenship where a section of the country is being seen to be superior to others. We are all created by God and no one should talk of disintegrating the country,” he said.

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“I want Igbos to submit these agitations and I would lead the governors and leaders of the zone to the centre to address these grievances.

“The groups can then do what they like if, after six months, we fail to address these grievances.

“We would tell the authorities in Abuja that our people are aggrieved, but such cannot be addressed by insulting the president, governors, and leaders from other regions of the country.”

On his part, Abraham Nwali, Ebonyi CAN chairman, advised Nigerians to embrace peace.

“There has been no destruction or armed robbery in the state since this prayer and fasting session commenced as this shows God’s divine mercy upon the state,” he said.

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“No country would experience the present situation in Nigeria and still remain one yet the citizens are bracing the inherent challenges with fortitude.”

There have been agitations for secession from people of the south-east region championed by the Biafran separatist movement IPOB.

With NAN report

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