Governor Dave Umahi says the people of Ebonyi State will not sit at home during Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary celebration on Friday as ordered by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Umahi said in Abakaliki on Thursday in a chat with journalists that Oct 1 was very important to Nigeria and to Ebonyi State, which was created on Oct 1, 1996.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the governor as saying Ebonyi State had been so much deprived in the past and was trying to catch up with the rest of the country in terms of innovations.
“So, anybody that says sit-at-home should know that Ebonyi people are not going to sit at home,” Umahi said.
He appealed to the entire Southeast people to remember the danger of the IPOB’s order, stating many people had been killed for no reason because of it.
He said, “Agitation is natural and fundamental, but nobody is justified to carry guns illegally to kill other people.
“We condemn in totality the insecurity in the Southeast being instigated by our people.
“We also condemn the killing of Dr Chike Akunyili – widower of Prof Dora Akiunyili, former Minister of Information – and other people in the country at large,” Umahi said.
IPOB had declared Oct 1 as “sit-at-home” day for residents of the Southeast.