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Ebonyi people are marginalised by Igbos, we’ll never be part of Biafra – Governor Umahi



Governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi, has said his state will never be part of Biafra due to the marginalisation and slavery its people have suffered in the hands of other Igbos.

He made the statement on Wednesday in reaction to allegations that Ebonyi indigenes were responsible for the fatal attacks ravaging Anambra ahead of gubernatorial elections in the state.

There had been reports that members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in Ebonyi state, were responsible for the Anambra attacks as they tried to push harder on their secessionist agitations for Biafra.

Umahi described the allegation as false adding, “if any Ebonyi person is caught in killing, that person should be killed too.”

He then added that Ebonyi people will never be part of Biafra.

“Ebonyi will never be part of Biafra because of the marginalisation and slavery that Ebonyi people had been subjected to over the years by their South East brothers” he said.

According to him, the killings in Anambra are political killings that have no link with Ebonyi people.

He said criminals who were from other states in the South-East zone had been arrested for the killings and other heinous crimes in Ebonyi State, without announcing their states of origin.

The governor, who is the chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, wondered why other people derive joy in tarnishing the image of Ebonyi people.

Anambra State in recent weeks has suffered from attacks by unknown gunmen ahead of the governorship election scheduled for November 6.

Attorney General Abubakar Malami on Wednesday threatened that a state of emergency might be imposed if the attacks do not cease.

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