Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Tuesday, hinted that the sit at home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) is in no way biting the southeast governors, stating they have enough food to eat and that some of their children are abroad.
He urged the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Traditional Institutions to announce the dangers of the sit-at-home order for people of the zone to buckle up.
Umahi stated this during the inauguration of the new executives of CAN southeast zone, led by Fr. Abraham Nwali, at the Christian Ecumenical Center Abakaliki.
He said that the zone was seriously losing alot economically, adding that there is no sit at home in the North, South South, and West, except in the East, even as noted that governors from the zone have tried their best to make the people of the zone to see reasons they should go about their businesses.
He stated: “The sit-at-home is not biting the south East Governors. They have much food to eat, some of their children are outside the country it’s not biting them. But I know that If the body of Christ and all the Traditional Institutions should rise up to let them know the dangers, they may change. We fear that a splinter group may come and toe this part.
“They may put another sit-at-home on Wednesdays and Thursdays, yes, I am hearing that and then the end would have come and would have become very clear to our people. I have never seen where people brought war upon themselves. So, I plead with the Christian body to announce the dangers they are bringing to ourselves.
“Nobody is sitting at home in the West, in the North, in the South South. We are only sitting at home here, what do we intend to achieve? Nothing!
“We are killing ourselves and we say we are agitating, agitating for what? So, it’s a very terrible thing. When our people push for restructuring, yes, I agree with restructuring but it has to be administrative restructuring, I will continue to preach it. Our states that are very weak must be taken care of before we say let everybody control their resources.
“There was a time we were house boys and house girls and they were very helpful in service to other states. It is time to be built up before you can collect their VATs separately. I will continue to preach that allow the federal government to collect VAT and share for us”.
Umahi described the new Southeast President of CAN, Rev. Abraham Nwali, as a blessing to Ebonyi state and the zone.
Stating that he was optimistic that Nwali will replicate what he did in Ebonyi state in the Southeast.
National President of CAN, Sampson Ayokunle in his sermon, tittled “engaging grace for impactful leadership”, noted that those called into the service of God have been engaged to work with God in his vain yard.
He encouraged the newly inaugurated Exco to be fair in carrying out their assignment as God is always there to fight for them.
“I’m here with you today to perform my statutory function of inaugurating the new Executives of CAN in the Southeast. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate Governor Umahi for the construction of this beautiful Ecumenical center and his usual support to the Church of Christ in Ebonyi and Nigeria”, he added.