The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari gave him an assurance that he will address problems facing the southeast region.
According to the governor, the president gave him his word while they were in New York for United Nations summit.
Umahi, who is also the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, made this disclosure while fielding questions from The Sun on Friday, October 6, regarding agitations for the actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra and the recent proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Mr. David Umahi said:
“I had private discussion with Mr. President in New York and I want to assure the South-Easterners that the President will address all our problems.
“Nigeria is going to see peace. We are stronger when we are bigger. Let me also tell our people that we are playing too much politics. It is only in the South-East that you see petitions that they are piling in the EFCC. Everything is now about politics and we left our hard work for politics.
“I want to thank the Governors of South-East and the North for their efforts in ending the ugly incident that occurred recently. Let me assure Nigerians that Mr. President has heard you and he is going to address all the issues raised.
“There is no need to continue insulting our leaders and abusing other tribes. No need trying to pose danger to the existence of our people. We are not untrustworthy people. We are very, very trustworthy. We are hardworking and well cultured people and so, we have made our points.”
Meanwhile, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Friday, October 6, reacted to the agitation for secession by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The king who renamed IPOB as the Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria, said the agitators cannot be faulted for demanding justice and equity.
He made this statement during his courtesy visit to the Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, adding that IPOB and its members were not terrorists as the Nigerian military declared.
“There is something that is bordering them; there is something that is making them to cry. We should not throw them away; we should draw them closer because the youth of this country are the future, the energy, they are the heartbeat of this country.”
The Ooni also supported the Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s decision that Nigeria must be restructured to sustain unity.
“We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this.
“We stand by you positively in a very progressive manner. We stand by you; we all must come together to build a united Nigeria. We don’t want any war; we don’t want any disintegration”, he said.