The governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi while responding to a question in an interview with The Sun Newspapers on Sunday 14th of November, 2021, took a slight dig at the governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano.
Governor David Umahi reacting to a viral statement credited to Governor Obiano before the Anambra State November 6th governorship election, which the governor alleged that the killings in Anambra State were sponsored by some southeast Governors.
Governor Umahi in his response, urged all leaders to “avoid drugs and alcohol”, a Statement which points to the rumour that Governor Obiano is an alcoholic: “I don’t think the Anambra governor had said that. I spoke with Prof Charles Soludo to ask him whether the governor actually said that and he said contrary to that, that the governor said that Ebonyi governor is a gentleman. This happened just few days back because I wanted to respond to that. But what I had said to that piece of material on social media is that this is a very critical time; all leaders must avoid hard drugs and alcohol because for anybody to say that, he must be a product of hard drug and alcohol. I wouldn’t know how the governor of Imo State would send his people to go and be killing people in Anambra State or the Governor of Ebonyi State would send people to be killing people in Anambra. If there is anybody from Imo State that is causing violence in Anambra, so far he is in Anambra, that person is an indigene of Anambra State. Just like Anambra people that are here, if they are causing insecurity, I cannot say that Anambra people are causing violence for me; they are my subjects and I have to deal with them according to the law. Let me say that I never saw Governor Willie Obiano say that; I never heard him say that”, he said.
The governor also accused Igbo leaders of being the major problem of the southeast region, noting that the marginalization of the Igbos didn’t start with president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. He pointed out that some Igbo leaders who now alleged marginalization of the Igbos by the Buhari’s Government had the opportunity to develop the region during previous administration but rather siphoned the funds for such purpose.
“We had had virtually all the opportunities in the previous administrations. Why was it that our people did not use those opportunities to redress these issues? Why didn’t they do it during Obasanjo or Jonathan? Today, some of the people in vantage positions then are the ones writing open letters to Mr. President. In the Southeast, you see several abandoned federal projects, probe a little; you will discover that some of our sons and daughters frittered the funds meant for those projects. So, when it comes to the issue of marginalisation, Mr. President believes that we should sit on a table and discuss it”.