EBONYI: Gov Umahi under attack for approving establishment of herders’ settlement
The Organisation of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (OESID) has asked the State Governor, Dave Umahi to prepare for backlash from the people if he refused to back out of the planned establishment of grazing reserve settlements for herdsmen in the state.
In a statement signed by its Spokesman, Pascal Oluchukwu, in Abuja on Sunday, the group urged the governor not to impose herders’ programme on Ebonyi’s ancestral land.
They said they would not allow Governor Umahi mortgage their future in what was described as a blind support for the Federal Government abhorrent agenda.
Oluchukwu claimed that the governor’s plan was an indicator that Umahi was pursuing his personal ambition after the expiration of his tenure in 2023.
READ ALSO: TV station shut down as flood sacks Isheri community
“We cannot accept such dictatorial posturing from a man that was only given a limited time and democratic mandate to lead and not to rule,” he said.
Oluchukwu, who described herders’ settlement as an outlandish programme, said that it is a sovereign one that cannot be taken by the governor without recourse to the people of the state, where the real sovereignty resides.
The organisation’s spokesman, therefore, called on Umahi to immediately rescind his decision.
He urged the governor to appreciate the true essence of democracy by allowing Ebonyi people to express themselves freely.
“The way and manner the Ebonyi state governor has been cowering and intimidating Ebonyi politicians shows that he does not value democracy.
“Sacking politicians and condemning stakeholders with differing views and opinions is a trait common to dictators and not an acceptable attribute of freely elected democratic leaders.
“We cannot take Umahi’s degradation and oppression against the people of Ebonyi,” Oluchukwu said.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: 4 yrs after completion, Kwara PHC facility inactive, rural dwellers in pains
In the middle of the night sometime in September 2019, Fatimah Ballah struggled with severe pains as she tries to...
INVESTIGATION: How Oyo State, contractors spent N1.1bn on water projects, but communities don’t have a drop
Multimillion naira water projects largely initiated by the late Abiola Ajimobi-led state government in Oyo State to benefit over 40...
INVESTIGATION: In Cross River, civil servants retire into poverty as govt looks away, squanders funds on frivolities
Thousands of civil servants in Cross River State struggle to stay alive as they are denied their gratuities and monthly...
Students suffer as contractors abandon Kano school projects after receiving over N70m
In 2019, to improve the condition of public schools in Kano State, the Federal Government disbursed millions of naira to...
SPECIAL REPORT: World Bank road projects go bad in Enugu, as state govt fails to fulfill promise
Counterpart funded road projects between the world Bank and Enugu State government have started to fail, as the state government...