Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has disclosed that his state is strongly opposed to the Biafra agitation and calls for the restructuring of Nigeria.
Governor Umahi stated that Biafra and restructuring would not benefit the people of Ebonyi and also explained that the state was not yet economically viable to seek independence.
The Governor disclosed this at the Government House, Abakaliki, while responding to the presentation of a consultant on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Dr. Mike Abani, during the state executive council meeting, Thisday reports.
While insisting that Ebonyi totally depends on the federal allocation, while the internally generated revenue (IGR) is paltry, Umahi explained:
“When the issue of Biafra or restructuring is discussed, my heart jumps because Ebonyi State is not ripe for any.
“Ask yourself, what is it that we are producing? We totally depend on the federal government for allocation.
“Investors are not coming into the state and our IGR is nothing to write home about, because the idea of an investor is, supposing the allocation that comes from the centre stops, how do I get back my money?”
The seven groups which endorsed Kanu are; are the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Biafran Revolutionary Organization (BRO), Eastern People Congress (EPC), Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra (JRCB), Biafra Liberation Crusaders (BLC) and Salvation People of Biafra.
The groups will now work under that umbrella as Biafran People National Council (BPNC), to speak with one voice on all issues concerning realisation of Biafra. Under Kanu’s leadership, they hope to achieve their aims in the quest for a referendum which will consequently lead to the Republic of Biafra.
Addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting with Kanu, Comrade Uchenna Madu, said the decision was to work together and speak with one voice under a central leader. Hear him:
“All the groups still exist but will be speaking with one voice, in the quest for referendum. Distinguished members and great people of Biafra and supporters of divine mission of emancipation of the land of Biafra from the oppressing Nigeria State, we salute you, as we stand in this holy land of Biafra, in unique and brotherly gathering, to honour our own brother who distinguished himself in the self determination struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration.
“In honour of our supreme leader, Chukwu Okike Abiama and in remembrance of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, we, the people of Biafra, under the representation of all pro-Biafra groups, hereby adopt and declare our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as the new leader of Biafra Nation, under whose leadership, through the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama, shall the people of Biafra rest.
“Mazi Kanu’s leadership shall bring unity, peace, progress and brotherly love among the esteemed people of Biafra through the instrumentality of mutual and intimate understanding among to pro-Biafra groups.”
In appreciation, Kanu said he was humbled by the decision of the various groups and assured he would not let them down.
“I am humbled by this decision of the groups, we started together and we have all ended up together because we are sincere and purposeful. I am not in the habit of letting my friends down. That thing you said I cannot do is what I will do.
“Everybody will be carried along; if I am invited for any meeting, I will take some people along. This is a great day for Biafra, all over the world.
“We have shamed our enemies who thought we cannot come together, who thought that if when we get Biafra, we will kill ourselves; we have shamed them,” Nnamdi Kanu said.