By Ruth Oginyi
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Friday declared openly that no criminal, IPOB member, or ESN is after him as the Governor of the state because he has paid his prize as the number one citizens of the state to the people through good governance.
Umahi spoke while handing over vehicles procured by the state government to the security agencies and the Ebube-Agu Southeast security outfit, at the Governor’s lodge, centenary city, Abakaliki, and said that the recent attack at the airport site, at Ezza south was a criminal act emanated from a land dispute among the communities.
Correspondent reports that because of the attack on workers at the airport by hoodlums last Tuesday, the social media alleged it was targeted at the governor, but Umahi said no one or any group was after him as he has shown dedication to the betterment of people of Ebonyi state.
“Let me correct an impression, no criminal is after the Governor of Ebonyi State, no IPOB or ESN is after the Governor of Ebonyi state. The Governor of Ebonyi state has discharged his commitment to the people of Ebonyi state. And what happened two days back was not the activities of IPOB or ESN. It is pure criminality. Boys from a particular local government have a land matter and they took to guns and after that, they came to rob the workers at the airport.
“But today, we have reinforced security there and we have directed the expatriates working at the airport to come back. My directive is that if you near the airport site with a weapon, you will not leave the airport with the weapon. That’s my directive.
“But I have directed the stakeholders of that local government to do a meeting because if I don’t the commitment from God to develop the state, that’s enough provocation to stop the project airport. Enough is enough! And along the same axis, we are about awarding the first segment of the ring road which is about 70km of concrete road, the best. And the African Development Bank has signaled that anywhere there an attack or confrontation to the contractors that section will be abandoned.
“So, it is an opportunity for the stakeholders of that community to go back and do a meeting to provide vigilante that will be on that road to give protection to the contractors. That’s very important. It is in your interest that I build the airport and the ring road and I know what I ha e passed through to secure these projects because of the processes involved.
The Governor further noted that the establishment of Ebube-Agu Southeast security outfit was not targeted at IPOB or ESN, but to provide security for Southeast security, adding that the current security challenge in the region was being sponsored by enemies of the region.
On the 2023 general election which INEC released the timetable Wednesday, the governor, said it was wrong for the electoral umpire to come up with an election matter considering the security challenges the country is facing currently.
The Governor said leaders at all levels must take responsibility and stop blaming the President or the Governors, adding that there was a need for the leaders to have a rethink.
He emphasized that Nigeria had enough resources to be a great nation, but had been facing the challenge of bad leadership.
Umahi said, “Our nation is so much at a crossroad. I was very shocked when people were announcing dates for the 2023 elections. It is very unfortunate.
“The nation is quite challenged now. It is not a matter of Mr. President or Governor. All leaders must take responsibility at this stage because it is not what you preach in the public that is the issue when we are confronted with a decision that we must secure the future of our children. What do you do with that?
“I keep saying that no man takes this money to the grave because this problem we are into is because we leaders failed to secure the future of our children and we are still unchanged. So, it is a time to have a rethink.
“The resources of this nation can build this nation. It is not about EFCC or ICPC, it is you and God. That’s is the problem of this country and not what we say on the television but what we do with the public resources given to them.”