IPOB’s plan to halt president’s visit caused by Kanu’s incarceration.
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has responded to the warning by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to lockdown the South-East region if President Buhari visits the state.
The group insists it will make sure the President’s visit will not happen by implementing a lockdown. IPOB insisted that President Buhari is not welcomed in the South-East as long as its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is still in custody.
Governor Umahi responding to IPOB’s threat said Buhari’s visit to the state is already slated for early 2022.
“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 social media,’’ Umahi said.
“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.’’
Umami also added: “Somebody will sit down somewhere and be talking rubbish and they will be misguiding our children to go and be killed, but he 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.”
The Governor made this remark at the annual Thanksgiving Service at the Government House Chapel, Abakaliki. Umahi also added that IPOB lacked the ability and warfare capability to halt President Buhari from visiting the state.
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