Ebonyi not ripe for Biafra, restructuring – Governor Umahi

Ebonyi State Map
Ebonyi State Map

Governor David Umahi on Wednesday said Ebonyi State is neither in support of the agitation for Biafra nor the call for restructuring because the two proposals were not going to benefit the state as a people.

Mr. Umahi, who stated this in Abakaliki while responding to the presentation of a consultant on Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, during the state executive council meeting, said the state was not economically viable to seek for independence. ‎

“When the issue of Biafra or restructuring is discussed, my heart jumps because Ebonyi is not ripe for any. Ask yourself, what is it that we are producing? We totally depend on the federal government for allocation. Investors are not coming into the state and our IGR is nothing to write home about, because the idea of an investor is, supposing the allocation that comes from the centre stops, how do I get back my money?” Mr. Umahi said.

The Ebonyi capital, Abakaliki, was one of the few areas in the south-east where the recent sit-at-home directive by pro-Biafran groups failed.

The governor admitted that residents of the state were over-taxed. He said unfortunately, the money was going into private pockets. He assured that those involved since 2014 would be compelled to refund the funds.

Mr. Umahi expressed optimism that the new measures being put to work would end the problem of IGR leakages in the state and assist his administration in fighting corruption.


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  • Julius

    Damn, kanu the biafraud emperor has some work to do,convincing or invading these states to force them to be biafraudians. This is getting interesting. The 3rd states basically saying the same thing in the last 2 weeks.

    • FuzzyLogic

      Support for Biafra cannot never be found among the current sitting governors for obvious reasons. They don’t want to lose the peck of office they ‘labored’ so hard to achieve. Not complicated. But when the time comes they will fall in line or pushed out of the way.

      • Julius

        Yeah sure and they wull invade other states and make them biafraudians !!. So you ‘re telling me that you haven’t made up your minds since the ’70s. See, you are now confirming what we’ve all been saying…you were and still lying about separation. Thanks for confirmation !

        • FuzzyLogic

          These governors are afraid of losing the current peck that they are enjoying. That is an understandable human reaction. They will get in line once the going gets underway. In Igboland, the people are still supreme. That is why we call our organization Ohanaeze and not Ezenaoha. Approach some Igbo guy to explain the difference to you. It is safe to assume that you don’t have the mental resources to understand the Igbo language.

          • Julius

            You are delusional and pathetic . You people are simply unbelievable .

          • Osborn Alex

            Go hug a Nepa transformer nearby, if Biafra sends a pin to your marrows.

      • tundemash

        And you think that little boy Kanu wants to lose the god-like status you elevated him to? You can’t even convince your govs, Reps and Senators to buy into your idea and yet you daily abuse other tribes here for not buying into your ill-thought idea.

        • FuzzyLogic

          That is an internal affair of Igbos. Stay away.

          • Kallah Bature

            All politics including the destructive one led by your alien Kanu is about grassroot support which is glaring lacking in this case.

          • FuzzyLogic

            If Mazi Kanu has no grassroots support, why are you angry that the whole SE/SS was grounded on May 1?

          • Tonnero

            Do you stay away from the internal affairs of others? As long as the Igbo are still part of Nigeria, their internal affairs are of interest to us since any fallout will definitely impact us. If there is a civil war in Igbo land, where do you think victims will run to?

          • FuzzyLogic

            Igbos are not known to use violence to settle political disagreements within themselves. For that you can look to the SW.

          • tundemash

            Twat !!! Ask your god Kanu to drop Nigerian passport and renonuce his citizenship !

          • FuzzyLogic

            He has renounced Nigeria countless of times. It is rather Nigeria that has refused to accept his renunciation. Unity beggar.

          • tundemash

            ha ! ha !! ha !!! Twat claimed his god has renounced Nigeria and yet he still kept Nigerian passport. Olodo !

          • FuzzyLogic

            Nigerian passport entitles you to nothing. If anything it is a huge burden to carry it. You will be flagged in every international airport like the most wanted criminal immediately you flash it.

          • tundemash

            Yeah right and yet he is still hold unto one ?

  • uzomar

    So, why did the Igbo governors keep quiet about Biafra until their people in the north were given quit notice? However, it is good that he has made his position clear, and publicly too.

  • Nicodemus

    Listen to what an elected Governor is saying….”what are we producing”? Ebonyi is endowed with solid minerals such as lead and zinc. Lots of mining activities are going on there, even with the presence of expertriates. I have an Indian friend working there.What about salt deposits? Also lots of quarries abound. A Lebanese construction company(CCC) operates one. Quarried stones/rocks are supplied to Anambra state which has virtually no quarries except for a scanty deposit in Ukpor. Yet Anambra is viable but Ebonyi is claiming not to be. The Governor should be impeached.

    • Dan Arewa

      You should notify Emperor Namandi Kwanu. It will be his responsibility to impeach David Umahi.

    • Tonnero

      So how many of these things are you helping to mine, loud mouth? Is it the governor’s job to mine them? Who even told you Anambra is viable? You should go and check its IGR and compare that to the salary of its workers. Without FGN allocation, most, if not all, states in the SE cannot pay their staff salaries.

      • Nicodemus

        If only you read my comments with in depth knowledge. A Lebanese construction company (CCC) is currently operating a quarry, also an Indian company own and operates a lead and Zinc Mine in Izangbo , Ebonyi state. The Governor is confused.
        Anambra is viable hundred percent. Lots of indigenous companies abound, Innoson vehicle company, Emzor pharmaceutical company, etc. Right from the days of Peter Obi, salaries have been regular and prompt. I am a proud Anambrarian.In case you haven’t heard, we are exporting vegetables, what others call perishables, we call it export.

  • obiora

    Umahi you better never try any Government job in your Life. There is no reason for this man to take his monthly salary. If IGR is low what then did you do?. And this why we want Biafra because if not Nigeria this Man can not be a Governor.

    • Julius

      Wow, so it’s the whole country that made him the governor of his state ? What’s wrong with you people ? Can’t you for once take responsibility for anything ? Now, you are blaming the whole country because your people elected the man as their governor. Poor you !

      • Tonnero

        The Igbo man is genetically unable to take responsibility for any fault of his own. It is always someone else’s fault. Else, how can they maintain the narrative that they are wonderful, god-chosen people and the rest are simply morons holding them back and feeding fat on their hard work?

    • Ado

      What do you want him to do? Tax farmers or pure water sellers to increase IGR? Pls be reasonable and accept fact when presented.

    • tundemash

      Mor0n, it is the hausa man in Kaduna or the Kanuri man in Bornu that made this man a gov in Ebonyi? Whatever you people smoke is certainly adulterated !

  • FuzzyLogic

    Another saboteur who is allowing transient circumstance overshadow eternal freedom for his people. This governors reaction is not unexpected.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      You have fuzzy mind.

      • FuzzyLogic

        Better than you that have none at all.

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    God bless Igbo who have common sense and speaking out. Southeast contribute only 2% Nigeria Oil revenue.
    They will be worse off in biafra made up of SE alone or restructuring to return derivation back to 50/50.

    My native Edo will be better off outside Nigeria alone & much better off with our Urhobo, Isoko & Itsekiri cousin as an independent Country. Yet I believe we all better off in one Nigeria.

    • Julius

      Thank you, facts do matter!

    • Deansmart

      You are well educated not like some certificated illiterate who believes it is only when man from their clan becomes nigeria president things will get better

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        Bless you.

    • marc umeh

      You might be right. But it is a mistake to judge the future with the present , especially when it comes to the igbos. They are full of surprises.
      Moreover I believe that the entire south is embedded with pockets of unexplored oil deposits. So stay tuned.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        I like to see Igbo positive surprises within Nigeria. All they contribute so far is grif & criminality.
        Nigeria has 7 – 9 Oil basins only Niger Delta is fully exploited.
        Anambra, Benin, Owina, Dahome basins in the South are yet to be fully exploited. We also have off show.
        Niger, Sokoto, Rima & Chad Oil basins in the North.
        Chad basin the north is most promise, because Niger, Chad & Cameroons have discovered oil in part of theirs.
        Cassava, Palm, Peanuts & Sesame Oil value chains will add more value to Nigeria in jobs creation & enterprise than crude Oil. When married with fish, chicken, Cattle Ranching, Polyculture & Solar Park Farms.
        Nigeria is blessed, but inflicted with agitators, criminals, criminal minds like IBB/Abacha, morons like Jonathan & dysfunctional people.

  • 0tile

    This man is the only truthful parasite living in Nigeria. His fellow parasites cannot admit that without government money they are nothing. People like Wike, Okowa, Buhari, Oba of Lagos etc would rather go to war than let Biafra go for their own selfish ends. Unlike mallam Umahi they will never tell you that they want one Nigeria because they totally depend on what they are stealing from the government.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Ask yourself, what is it that we are producing? We totally depend on the federal government for allocation.
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    What a shameless man. You should take a 3 month leave,hand over to your Deputy and go down to Lagos to learn how not to depend on FG for allocation. This clown is not qualified to be a Governor, he should be working in a circus

    • Abs Harry

      Truth is bitter

  • marc umeh

    This is perhaps the most outrageous statement I have ever heard from an igbo leader. It goes against the spirit of the igboman that has brought admiration and sometimes envy from the rest. Mr Umahi might as well move to northwest nigeria.

    • Ali Mubi

      Surprisingly you failed to mention the other attributes or lack of them brought to the helpless generality of Nigerians by the admired and envied people.What a pity.

  • Kallah Bature

    It looks like this Umahi of a governor is one of the most sensible Igbos remaining.The man doesn’t want to play roulette with the destiny of his people….Period!!