Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has said criminals have hijacked the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He stated this in Abakaliki, the state capital during the inauguration of Eze Charles Mkpuma as the chairman of South-East Traditional Rulers Council along with his executives.
Umahi, who described traditional rulers as a very important bedrock of Ndigbo, urged them to fight against insecurity that had been ravaging the South-East.
“Traditional institution is very important and it’s the foundation of Ndigbo. That’s why I’m overwhelmed with the unity and the love and oneness existing amongst the traditional rulers in the South-East.
“Let me thank you for your approach in handling the insecurity in the South-East. Anybody comes up now to say sit-at-home no matter how hard IPOB goes on announcing that they have suspended sit-at-home order. But we all know that IPOB has been hijacked by cultists and very big criminals in society. And that is why it is very important for those that say they are fighting for emancipation, for the freedom of the Igbo land to take a deeper look at our situation today.
“Why are we still having killings in South-East? Is it still for the same agenda, or are there other things we do not know?
“I know that leaders do not come up to speak in South-East because of fear of selective killings. But we know all these children. We know their fathers, but our leaders in the church, our cultural leaders, your majesties can find a way to begin to talk to our people. It is time for us to do everything to stop insecurity in the zone.
“My advice is that we should do more as leaders of South-East to know whether those who said they are fighting for us are really fighting for us. There is nothing we cannot get in Nigeria through dialogue and understanding,” he said.
In his vote of thanks, the newly inaugurated chairman of Traditional Rulers South East promised to ensure that peace returns to the zone.
A highlight of the event was a donation of a V6 SUV to Eze Charles Mkpuma with N5 million to run his office.
Credit: Nigeria Tribune