2023 Presidency: Igbos Better In Nigeria Than Biafra – Umahi

2023 Presidency: Igbos Better In Nigeria Than Biafra – Umahi
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By Oswald Agwu

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has allayed the fears in some quarters that a president of Igbo extraction would ochestrate the splitting of Nigeria to actualize the long agitated Independent State of Biafra by some group in the southeast.


Umahi gave the assurance in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Thursday, shortly after returning from Abuja where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari over his presidential ambition.

He emphasized that the industrious nature of an Igbo man has made him a natural builder with investments across the country, adding that no real Igbo man would want to destroy what he has built over the years.

The Southeast Governor’s Forum chairman stated emphatically, that the Igbos of South east were better placed in continuing to be part of Nigeria.

He maintained that any one found fanning the embers of secession should be crushed, stressing that Ebonyi is not, and cannot be part of Biafra.

Umahi said: “My position for Southeast governors is that anyone that wants to cause insecurity in Southeast must be crushed.

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” Enough is enough.

“Our economy has been destroyed, and we warned about it.

” If not by the grace of God, southeast would have been destroyed before other parts of Nigeria.

“The people doing this are just very little, and insignificant part of the entire people of Southeast: they were dishing out those hate speeches.

” The Igbo man is a builder, not a destroyer.

“And let nobody be afraid of the presidency of an Igbo man.

” There is no body from the Southeast that will become president that will not work for the greater unity of this country, because we have invested everywhere.

“I have been saying it, and Elechi said it, that Ebonyi State is not part of Biafra.

“We’ve been so oppressed, and now we are finding our feet, and you want us to go back.

“We will not.”

On his Presidential ambition, Umahi, noted that he would fight corruption in the country to standstill, while creating strong infrastructural base for total development, if he succeeds.

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He acknowledged that he may not be the most qualified among the contenders but insisted that like David, the man of war, he was backed by his relationship with God, and the prayers of the clergy and elders of the State.

He however, asked his supporters not to be given to provocation, but allow God to fight the battle.

He said: “I am the choice that Nigeria is waiting for.

“Other aspirants may be more qualified than I am, but don’t forget that I am David.

“What we have that other do not have is God and prayers

“As president of Nigeria, God willing, In will fight the corruption in this country to a standstill.

“What we did in Ebonyi State, we will replicate in Nigeria: quality hospitals like the King David university of medical sciences in all zones of the country.

” So, let no man be afraid of the presidency of an Igbo man because no Igbo man will fail Nigeria as a president.”

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While soliciting for prayers from the Christian Association of Nigeria, he assured Ebonyi people that pursuing his ambition will never delay any of his developmental projects in the State.

In theirseparate goodwill messages, the Ebonyi State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Hon.Stanley Okoro Emegha and the chairman of the State Elders ouncil, Chief Ben Oka, among others, applauded the unimaginable achievements of governor Umahi in Ebonyi state calling on him to unconditionally accept the beckoning of Nigerians to be the President of this country come 2023.


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