Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has stated that his state will not participate in the struggle for Biafra’s realization.
Umahi stated this at a banquet arranged for him in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Thursday after announcing his presidential run in Abuja earlier in the week. He also stated that his state will not be a part of the agitation for a sovereign nation for the Igbos.
“First and foremost, I have been saying it, if anybody tells you about Biafra, tell them Ebonyi State will never be part of Biafra. We are not Biafra.
“We have been so oppressed and now we are finding our feet and you want us to go back. We will not. We will not,” the governor declared.
When asked about his presidential ambitions for 2023, the governor allayed concerns that any southeasterner elected president would split the country.
He claimed that Igbos had invested across the country and that it would be unthinkable for them to consider secession if they were in power.
“Some enemies of the South-East say if we become president we will divide the country. How will we divide the country when we have investments everywhere?” the governor questioned.
“Anyone who seeks to generate insecurity in the South-East must be crushed,” Umahi said, reiterating his position on the Biafra drive.
Ebonyi State, according to the governor, is better in a fair and equitable Nigeria because it has investments everywhere and no one can set fire to his own home.
He promised that if elected president, he will continue President Buhari’s projects and bring Nigeria’s corruption to a halt.
The governor was adamant that now is the moment to make Nigeria a better place.
“What we did in Ebonyi State, we can replicate in Nigeria. Nigeria is a possibility. Before 31st of January, 2022, we will do our declaration to run for the Presidency.”