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May 30: Don’t force people to stay at home, Ekweremadu, Umahi urge Biafra agitators

By News Express on 29/05/2017

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 Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi,on Sunday appealed to Biafra agitators calling for a sit-at-home compliance  on Tuesday, May 30, 2017,  to allow people to go about  their normal businesses.

Ekweremadu and Umahi made the appeal in Abakaliki during an interdenominational church service organised by the Ebonyi State Government to mark this year’s Democracy Day. 

They noted that bad approach to genuine struggle was not good. They encouraged the Igbo to work in unity in order to achieve their aim irrespective of how long it takes.

Ekweremadu said: “On the issue of IPOB and stay-at-home order, I just have one advice. You cannot have two governments in a state. If anybody says you should stay at home, if you are a trader you can choose to stay at home or go out. But if you are a civil or public servant, you are under obligation to go to work.

“I addressed the World Igbo Congress in Enugu and I told them that we all condemn the marginalisation of our people. We can never support it and we will continue to fight against it wherever we find ourselves. It is our life but I advise that no one or group should engage in any arm struggle no matter the level of provocation. The idea of trying to force people to do your will, I don’t think it’s right.

“Those who want to stay at home should please stay at home but those who want to work should be allowed to go out.  I believe that if we have a struggle which I believe we have, it may take us a long time to get there but surely, no matter how long the darkness is, the day will eventually break.”

In a statement, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, quoted the Deputy Senate President as commending Umahi for his infrastructural development and the mature way he has piloted the affairs of Ebonyi State, adding that the state has changed for good.

In his remarks, Governor Umahi said he had directed that markets should be opened on Tuesday and that residents should feel free to go about their lawful businesses.

He condemned the idea of asking people to stay at home and advised IPOB members to embrace dialogue rather than pursuing their genuine struggle the wrong way.

Umahi maintained that the leaders of South-East were handling the concerns of IPOB, assuring   that efforts to solve the problem would soon materialise.

“Let me say it; I have a list of their agitations and most of what they are saying are correct but the way they are saying it may not be correct. I met with the market people yesterday (Friday) and I said our market will remain open on 30th of May.

“The Governors of South-East are not noise makers behind the scene, we are tackling our problem with National Assembly members and our other leaders and I'm very sure that the modest effort we are making is fast yielding result. We believe that we can win this war not through violence but through persuasion and dialogue and understanding,” Umahi said.

The Governor appreciated the state executive members, the legislators and the judiciary for their commitment  to  service delivery.

In his sermon, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion and Welfare Matters and the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ebonyi State Chapter, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, eulogised the Governor for his achievements within two years in office.

Dignitaries who attended the church service include former Governor of the state, Senator Sam Egwu; Senator Obinna Ogba; Chief Judge Aloy Nwankwo and heads of security agencies in the state.

•Photo shows Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State (second left); his wife, Rachael; Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Franklin Ogbuewu, during a service to mark the 2017 Democracy Day at the St  Peters  Presbyterian Church in Abakaliki on Sunday.  



Source News Express

Posted 29/05/2017 10:39:11 AM





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