Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Sunday, lashed
out at the spokesman of the Indigenous People of Biafra,
Emma Powerful, over the group’s threat to lock down the
South-East region, should the President, Major-General
Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), visit the state.
According to Umahi, Buhari’s visit to the state was
already billed for early next year, adding, however, that
projects to that effect (in the state), were being executed
as if he was to visit this month (December).
Umahi stated this during the State’s annual Thanksgiving
Service at the Government House Chapel, Abakaliki,
saying the IPOB image-maker lacked both capacity and
the warfare prowess to stop Buhari from visiting the
Umahi said, “I saw where one misguided element that
calls himself IPOB, said Mr President is not welcomed in
Ebonyi. He is inconsequential and I want you to put it on
“I was in Paris and I told Mr President that the leaders of
the South-East would want to visit him over the issue of
peace in the South-East, and I appeal to him to postpone
the visit till early next year.
“But I didn’t want to tell our people, because I was urging
them to keep pushing our projects as if the President
was going to come this year. And I’m not sure up to three
or four people knew this; so, I kept it to myself.
“So, Mr. President will come when we want him to come.
That IPOB guy is an inconsequential human being. If he
is serious, let him hit the wall to Ebonyi State and let him
see, if he would find feet to go back.
“Somebody will sit down somewhere and be talking
rubbish and they will be misguiding our children to go
and be killed; but, himself will not be at the war front.
“Any of them that will talk rubbish about security in
South-East, should come and lead the war. And I will
also lead the war for Ebonyi State. And like David, we will
always kill Goliath.
“When they talk rubbish, just ignore them. This land
belongs to God.”
Recall IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma
Powerful, had in a statement, on Thursday, said the
group had intelligence that President Buhari would visit
Ebonyi State, threatening to shut down the South-East
geopolitical zone, should that happen.