The Governor of Ebonyi State, David, Umahi, has stated that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu does not speak for the people of the Southeast region.
Umahi said this during a visit by Southeast governors to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, stated that Ndigbo do not support criminalities.
He added that no one can be forced to belong to where they do not want to belong, adding that what is happening cannot be for Ndigbo.
He said, “We, Ndigbo, we do not support criminalities. Do not buy into any criminal that is from our side. I find it very funny when somebody is going to be claiming that part of Benue State must descend into his territory and part of Rivers State must descend into his territory. What sort of madness is that?
“Even if there is a referendum, people must freely say where they want to belong to. You can’t force them. No matter the history you have, you can’t force people to belong to where you want them to belong. They want to belong to where they want to belong.
“Why I am telling you this is that we should be wise not to support what is wrong. Let’s go back and tell ourselves the truth. What is happening cannot be said to be for Ndigbo. Those people are not speaking for us. What are you agitating for and you are destroying the properties of Ndigbo? Won’t that tell you that they are looking for something?”
There has been tension in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State following allegation that members of IPOB engaged and killed security operatives.
The situation led to the declaration of dusk to dawn curfew in the area by Wike who has been strongly criticised and accused of extrajudicial killings by IPOB.